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Sunday, April 17, 2016

PA: Gov. Wolf signed medical marijuana bill into law today

Gov. Wolf today signed Senate Bill 3 into law, legalizing medical marijuana in the state, in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.  Present for the signing were many of the lawmakers who pushed to get the bill passed by both houses of the legislature, along with families and advocates who had worked hard to educate the lawmakers about the topic.
Pennsylvania is the 24th state to approve medical cannabis. The law will allow people suffering from cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder and 12 other conditions to access medical marijuana in pill, oil, or ointment form at dispensaries statewide. The legislation outlines a complex regulatory process, with dozens of dispensaries. The Department of Health will put together an advisory board, and will regulate the process.  Dispensaries and growers would be licensed, and doctors would need state confirmation to write prescriptions.