Drug Law

Pennsylvania to Hold First-Ever Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill

| by Marijuana Policy Project

HARRISBURG, PENN. — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 2 to debate HB 1393, the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

Introduced by Rep. Mark B. Cohen, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, HB 1393 would allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana without fear of arrest or jail if their doctor has recommended it.

Qualified patients who register with the state would be able to grow six plants or purchase marijuana through compassion centers, and sales of medical marijuana could be taxed, according to the bill.

After it was introduced in April, HB 1393 won the endorsements of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pocono Record and the Daily Review of Towanda.

The entire text of the bill can be read here.