Harrisburg, June 27, 2014 – State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny), Democratic Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, announced that the Committee passed Senate Bill 1182 establishing access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
“After hearing so many moving and deeply personal stories on the issue of medical cannabis, I am proud that the Law & Justice Committee passed legislation today that meets the needs of patients in our Commonwealth. The number one priority of Senate Bill 1182 is patient care and compassion, and the bipartisan bill that we crafted certainly reflects that,” Senator Ferlo said.
The proposal passed by the committee would allow for growth, processing, and dispensing of cannabis-based treatment products. The legislation would also create an eleven-member State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing under the Department of State. The Board would oversee all regulations of the cannabis industry, investigate applicants for licenses and occupation permits, and all powers to deny, revoke, or suspend a license.
In order for a patient to purchase medical cannabis, individuals must get an access card from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department must validate that the individual has a practitioner-patient relationship, and also acquire written confirmation of a qualified medical condition which can be treated with medical cannabis. Access cards will cost patients $100, and patients must be Pennsylvania residents.
In addition, all license applicants must submit to a background check conducted by the State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing. They must also provide information on their proposed location and facility, criminal history, and financial sources.
The bill passed out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously.