By: P.Aiden Hunt
Pennsylvania senators on Wednesday approved the state’s proposed medical marijuana act. The vote was 43-7 and the bill now goes to the state’s House of Representatives.
State Senators Daylin Leach, a Democrat, and Republican Mike Folmer introduced the bipartisan bill last November. But after amendments were added by the Law and Justice and Appropriations committees, the legislation is significantly watered down from its original language.
S.B. 1182 was formerly known as the “Governor Raymond Schafer Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.” Sponsors originally named it for the Pennsylvania governor who headed up President Richard Nixon’s National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. After the commission was formed in 1970, Schafer led the two-year study on the potential harm of marijuana use and concluded in a report that marijuana should be decriminalized nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »