Pennsylvania May be the Newest State to Approve Medical Marijuana


Pennsylvania May be the Newest State to Approve Medical MarijuanaAll eyes are firmly set on one issue — medical marijuana- – as Pennsylvania State Senate reconvenes on Sept. 15.

The Senate Bill 1182, named the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, was unanimously approved by the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee on June 27. The bill will be tabled for a vote at the Senate’s Appropriations Committee after the senators meet after their summer recess, after which it will be tabled to the main floor for voting.

Besides Pennsylvania, other states that are currently reviewing medical marijuana laws are Ohio and Florida. 23 states and Washington, D.C., have already passed laws approving marijuana for medical use.

“We are planning on hopefully moving out of appropriations on Sept. 15 and on to a full Senate floor vote on Sept. 16 … and get it over to the House as soon we can,” said state Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County), according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. “We have the votes, but we just need to get through the political process, and that can be very slow because our system of government is never really meant to be fast.” Sen. Folmer is one of the sponsors of the bill.

Though it is still unclear whether the state lawmakers will approve the law, Pennsylvanians are increasingly backing medical use of marijuana. A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in March 2014 showed that 85 percent of Pennsylvanians favor medical marijuana.

More hurdles still have to be cleared; for example, the bill may still be vetoed by the governor despite public support and legislators’ efforts. Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has said he will only approve medical marijuana for children suffering from severe seizures.To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit

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