Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana
This week the state of Pennsylvania joined several other forward thinking states in legalizing medical marijuana.
Governor Tom Wolfe signed the bill into law.
"Marijuana is medicine and it's coming to Pennsylvania," said Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach, the bill's co-sponsor.
While it could take up to 2 years to implement the law, it also allows parents of children undergoing things like chemotherapy to administer the drug.
This is a more conservative law that tracks plants, growers, etc. closely. Patients are allowed to eat or consume THC in pill form but would not be able to legally obtain marijuana to smoke or grow.
Even Republican Sen. Mike Vereb, rallied his fellow senators around what he called - "the number-one killer in Pennsylvania" — opioid abuse. "Opioid abuse has no party, has no color, has no religion," he said. "Let's face it, that's the killer. What we're doing today is the healer."
Parents like Dana Ulrich, who has fought for legal access to marijuana in the belief that it would help her 8-year-old daughter Lorelei celebrated the victory. Lorelei has several seizures every day and her mother believes that cannabis will help. She has personally and patiently awaited the day that Pennsylvania legalizes medical marijuana that will help her child.
Gov. Wolf called it "a great, great day for Pennsylvania, but more important, a great day for Pennsylvanians." He said he and lawmakers were responding not to a special interest group or to campaign contributors, but to "a real human need."
"When you have people who represent a cause as eloquently and in as heartfelt a way as the advocates for this have done, it shows that we can actually get something done that means something," he said.
Gov. Tom Wolf officially signed the bill into action on Sunday afternoon.