Bureau of Medical Cannabis Control Enforcement

Super Majority of Pennsylvania Voters Support Medical Marijuana

ERIE, PA -- A new poll released Friday by the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics (MCAP)  shows that a super majority 85% of Pennsylvania voters believe that patients should be allowed to use medical marijuana when recommended by a doctor.  Only 10% were opposed. The poll also found a solid majority of 59% in support of removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Respondents in favor of complete legalization outweighed those opposed by a 48% to 42% margin. The poll of 495 registered voters was conducted Feb. 17-26. "When it comes to Pennsylvania’s approach to regulating marijuana, voters in the Keystone State are clear: Keeping laws the same is not their preference," pollsters concluded. "Our findings suggest that the position of Pennsylvanians on the legalization of marijuana is largely consistent with the nation as a whole," MCAP Director Joseph Morris said in a statement.  "While voters may be divided over the policy that they prefer, they are very clear about their preferences for the direction of change," Morris said. "They want more people to have access to the drug, or at the very least to see penalties associated with marijuana use and possession reduced." The poll also found that a plurality

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Scheduled for Hearing

HARRISBURG, PA -- A new medical marijuana bill was introduced this week in the Pennsylvania Senate, and a public hearing has been scheduled for later this month. Senator Mike Folmer (Republican) and Senator Daylin Leach (Democrat) filed Senate Bill 1182, “Governor Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act” on Tuesday. “The use of medical cannabis is an alternative option to addictive prescription drugs and a good option that the citizens of Pennsylvania should have,” Senator Folmer said in a statement. The bill has been referred to the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and has been scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.  The committee is co-chaired by one of the new bill’s cosponsors, Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) Previous medical marijuana legislation introduced from 2010-2012 by Senator Leach was stalled in the Senate Health Committee and never got a hearing. Patients, advocates, medical experts and scientists are planning to testify. A rally by supporters is planned to accompany the testimony. The name of the bill carries over from 2009 legislation originally crafted by Rep. Mark Cohen in the PA House and honors the former two-term Republican Governor who tried to end cannabis prohibition before it started. Raymond Shafer was

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Filed with Bi-Partisan Support

HARRISBURG, PA — A comprehensive bill to allow the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania was filed in the Senate Monday by Daylin Leach, a Democrat, and Mike Folmer, a Republican. Intentions to introduce bi-partisan bill, Senate Bill 1182, also known as the Governor Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, was announced late last year. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on January 28 by the Senate Law and Justice Committee. The bill has received input from lawmakers, healthcare professionals, parents, patients, activists from local and national marijuana law reform organizations, and medical marijuana industry professionals from other states, including Colorado. While medical marijuana bills have been introduced by Senator Leach in Pennsylvania in the past and have failed to advance, this year’s filing, co-sponsored with Republican Senator Mike Folmer, should see some progress — and quite possibly a favorable vote — in the Senate this year. “It’s time that we help these individuals to end their pain and suffering,” Sen. Leach said in November. “I invite my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle to join us, to put politics aside, and to allow people to take advantage of the multitude of benefits this medicine has to offer.” Despite increasing support for medical marijuana among

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill to be Filed Monday

HARRISBURG, PA -- A comprehensive bill to allow the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is expected to be filed Monday by Senators Daylin Leach, a Democrat, and Mike Folmer, a Republican. Intentions to introduce bi-partisan bill, Senate Bill 1182, also known as the Governor Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, was announced late last year.  The bill has received input from lawmakers, healthcare professionals, parents, patients, activists from local and national marijuana law reform organizations, and medical marijuana industry professionals from other states, including Colorado. While medical marijuana bills have been introduced by Senator Leach in Pennsylvania in the past and have failed to advance, this year's filing, co-sponsored with Republican Senator Mike Folmer, should see some progress -- and quite possibly a favorable vote -- in the Senate this year. “It’s time that we help these individuals to end their pain and suffering,” Sen. Leach said in November. “I invite my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle to join us, to put politics aside, and to allow people to take advantage of the multitude of benefits this medicine has to offer.” Despite increasing support for medical marijuana among Pennsylvania voters and lawmakers, the bill