HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – After an emotionally charged debate, Pennsylvania state senators passed legislation to legalize several forms of medical marijuana.
But the bill approved Wednesday, 43-7, faces opposition from House Republican leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Republicans Vote To Rebuke, Not Censure, Senator Pat Toomey Over Impeachment Vote
The chamber’s debate had been propelled by parents who believe a marijuana oil extract can help their seizure-wracked children.
Under the proposal, state residents would need an access card from the Health Department after proving they have a practitioner-patient relationship and written confirmation of a qualifying medical condition.READ MORE: Pine-Richland School Board Delays Vote On In-Person Learning Plan As Group Holds Rally Outside Meeting
A handful of drug delivery methods that do not involve smoking it would be permitted under the bill, including extracted oil, edible products, ointments and tinctures.
More than 30 other states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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