HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Senate Law & Justice Committee passed Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, in a unanimous 9-0 vote Friday.
The passing of this bill shows the support for cannabis reform in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The bill now makes it way to the Senate Appropriations Committee and ultimately the Senate floor for a vote by the 50-member chamber.
The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Democrat Senator Daylin Leach and and Republican Senator Mike Folmer, and would legalize the use of medical marijuana by patients as recommended by attending physicians.
“History was made today!” Sen. Folmer posted on Facebook. “I am overjoyed that Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, was unanimously reported out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee. We are one step closer to this becoming law in Pennsylvania.”
The bill’s companion legislation in the House, House Bill 2182, has 45 cosponsors was introduced in the House on June 25 by state Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks County.
Recent polls done by Quinnipiac University and the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics have shown 85% support for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, and strong support for overall reform. Legalization and taxation of marijuana will allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis.
State Senator Daylin Leach says, “Prohibition is such a cruel, irrational, destructive policy. It’s support among the public is collapsing. I think it’s an issue where the tide of history has turned and the tipping point has been reached.”
Alloway, Richard L., II, yes
Scarnati, Joseph B., III, yes
Erickson, Edwin B. yes
Rafferty, John C., Jr. yes
White, Donald C yes
Yaw, Gene yes
Fontana, Wayne D. yes
Tartaglione, Christine M. yes
Williams, Anthony H. yes