Energy - April 15, 2016

Medical Marijuana headed to Governor’s Desk

On Wednesday, the state House of Representatives approved SB 3 which legalizes medical marijuana. The bill had a long journey from the Senate and was amended several times in both chambers. The House had sent an amended version of the bill to the Senate in recent weeks. The Senate made a few more changes and sent it back to the House. Supporters were hopeful the bill would be approved before the legislature took a break for the primary election. The Senate had delayed reviewing the bill after receiving it from the House and when it finally passed the measure, only 1 legislative session day was left this week. After a debate on the House floor on Wednesday, the measure was approved by a vote of 149-46.  Governor Wolf had said he would sign the bill prior to passage and will be signing it on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

The list of conditions included in the legislation include:

·         Cancer

·         positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome

·         amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

·         Parkinson’s disease

·         multiple sclerosis

·         damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity

·         epilepsy

·         inflammatory bowel disease

·         neuropathies

·         Huntington’s disease

·         Crohn's disease

·         Post-traumatic stress disorder

·         intractable seizures

·         glaucoma

·         sickle cell anemia

·         severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective

·         autism

·         terminal illness