Medical Marijuana Coming to Pennsylvania?
While the legislature remains at an impasse over the FY 15-16 budget AND the FY 16-17, there seems to be a bipartisan breakthrough on the issue of medical marijuana. The House has scheduled a voting session for March 14 on SB 3 which would legalize medical marijuana and establish the process for growing and dispensing the product in Pennsylvania. SB 3 passed the Senate last year and has been lingering in the House ever since.
A broad coalition of advocates has convinced legislators that this drug is vital for the compassionate care of folks with conditions like ALS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy seizures and chronic pain.
Dozens of amendments have been filed for when Senate Bill 3 is considered on the House floor.
The House Republicans are representing an omnibus amendment as their alternative to SB 3 and will try to keep other changes to a minimum.
Some highlights of the package:
(if multiple locations – can be at a licensee’s “branch” location)
Fees – Growers/Processors
Fees – Dispensaries
(no additional taxes to be imposed at retail point of sales)
(whichever comes first)