Senate Bill 3, legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, was approved by the State House of Representatives late Wednesday afternoon with an overwhelming final vote of 149 to 43.
The bill moves on to the Senate for a vote as early as Monday, and is expected to pass, as the Senate originally voted on the bill in May of 2015. Once it is approved by the Senate, the legalization amendment will be sent to the desk of Governor Wolf for final approval.
Governor Wolf has expressed strong support for the legalization of medical cannabis, and released the following statement:
“I applaud the Pennsylvania House for passing legislation to legalize medical marijuana, and I look forward to the Senate sending the bill to my desk. We will finally provide the essential help needed by patients suffering from seizures, cancer, and other illnesses.”
Once Governor Wolf signs the bill into law, physicians will be permitted to recommend medical cannabis to those suffering from up to 16 debilitating conditions including PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, seizures, HIV/AIDS, autism and other neurological and gastrointestinal conditions.
Pennsylvania is poised to become the 24th of the United States to legalize medical cannabis.