HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Senate committee has unanimously approved an amended bill to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) said the amendment to Senate Bill 3 expanded the list of covered diseases to include HIV/AIDS and glaucoma and eliminated the production of edible cannabis products. Patients would be allowed to mix prescribed medical cannabis into their foods. The amendment reported out of the Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday also adds a “real time” registry to track the validity of medical cannabis cards and the growth, production and distribution of medical cannabis, Folmer said. It also adds nebulization, where mist inhaled into the lungs, as a delivery method. Other approved methods would include cannabis oil, ointments and tinctures.
The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Folmer said he would like to see additional changes to the bill he co-authored. He said he would like the list of diseases and conditions expanded to include diabetes, neuralgia and possibly pain management. He also said he would like to see vaporization, where marijuana is heated to form a vapor, included as a delivery method.
A similar bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania passed the Senate by a vote of 43-7 last year, but was not considered by the House of Representatives before the end of the legislative session. Governor Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill if it reaches his desk.