On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s two-year wait for medical marijuana finally ended as the state House voted 149-46 in favor of bill SB3. The news was met with much joy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as activists and supporters cheered the bill’s penultimate approval.

The bill now moves to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk, who has already said he’ll sign the bill. A foregone conclusion, Wolf’s signature will immediately make Pennsylvania the 24th medical marijuana state in America (plus the District of Columbia).

Moreover, this victory represents the power of the patients, as this bill wouldn’t have become a reality without the persistence of parents of epileptic children in need of cannabis oil (CBD) for their suffering children. These parents all had an emotional time on Wednesday as they we’re seen crying tears of joy.

The massive weight of this bill and its implications for these families was driven home by this poignant quote from parent Christine Brann:

“Every day we roll the dice on our child’s or our loved one’s life,”

Pennsylvania’s moderate medical marijuana plan will have 17 qualifying medical conditions for patients including epilepsy, PTSD and cancer. The state estimates the program will take 18-24 months which That means the state will likely take this year and early next year  to set up regulations and likewise begin accepting applications for dispensaries in the near future.

With other medical marijuana bills on the horizon this year (see: Florida), the United States finds itself just one more medical marijuana state away from that magical tipping point.

Bernie Canter

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