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PA House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow for medical marijuana use. The House passed an amended version of Se...

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow for medical marijuana use.

The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 3 by a vote of 149-43 Wednesday.

Representatives passed multiple amendments to the bill on Monday and Tuesday.

The Senate originally approved the bill last May by a vote of 40 to 7.

Senate Bill 3 will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients in pill, oil, and liquid form.

The medical conditions covered by the bill include:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Intractable seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
  • Autism
  • “Terminally ill:”  A medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course.

The bill will now go back to the Senate for a final vote before it can head to the governor’s desk.

Governor Wolf has said he will sign legislation for medical marijuana.

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