Senate Bill 1182 – the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act – would legalize the use of medical cannabis by patients as prescribed by attending physicians. The introduction of this bill marks the first time in PA Senate history that a medical cannabis bill has been drafted with bipartisan support.
In a statement released to the media today, Republican Senator Mike Folmer said other highly addictive drugs are prescribed to help with pain and suffering and he believes the use of medical cannabis is another good option.
Democratic Senator Daylin Leach has previously introduced leglislation that would regulate the sale and use of marijuana in the Commonwealth, and has proposed a medical marijuana bill each session for the past three years, according to a news releases.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is still being drafted but Leach said the senators plan to introduce the bill in the near future.
Governor Tom Corbett has said he would veto any legislation to legalize marijuana because he believes it is a “gateway drug.”