Pa. Lawmakers to Consider Medical Marijuana Next Week

Pharmaceutical companies are among the bill's biggest opposition.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says his chamber will begin discussing a medical marijuana bill when the legislature convenes next week.

The Patriot-News reports:

Pileggi said the legislation has “broad support” in the Senate, and next week’s discussion will decide whether to move forward on a full vote in that chamber.

In the House, Republican spokesman Steve Miskin said there are still “a number of members who believe that it’s the FDA that should be deciding what is and what isn’t medicine.”

Pharmaceutical companies are among the bill’s biggest opposition, (Sen. Mike) Folmer said, but the cannabis-derived treatments come without the life-threatening side-effects of many prescribed medications.

Signalling the growing acceptance of the issue, Lancaster’s City Council on Tuesday voted to back medical marijuana legislation.