BLOG: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes, Governor Wolf Prepared to Sign SB 3 into Law (ROUND-UP)
By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
April 14, 2016
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed SB3, answering the Governor Wolf’s call to send the medical marijuana legalization bill to his desk. The Governor is proud to sign this bill, which will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment.
Members of both parties in the House and Senate have at last come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and thousands of advocates have fought tirelessly for this cause.
“Today the House passed SB3, sending the medical marijuana legalization bill to my desk. I am proud and excited to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. I applaud members of both parties in the House and Senate who have come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and want to thank the thousands of advocates who have fought tirelessly for this cause. I have met with patients and families, held roundtables, and urged action on this legislation since taking office, and it is encouraging that the hard work of these families has resulted in historic legislation.”
The Governor is scheduled to sign the bill into law at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
As Governor Wolf prepares to sign this historic legislation into law, take a look at the additional coverage below:
Philly.com: Marijuana as medicine is coming to Pennsylvania
Gov. Wolf, who has always supported the initiative, said he would sign the bill into law Sunday in the Capitol Rotunda. Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to approve medical cannabis. The 149-46 vote followed a whirlwind legislative session and the near-collapse of the bill – which passed the Senate earlier this year but was revised by the House, tweaked by the Senate, and again returned to the House.
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers OK medical marijuana
Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to legalize marijuana for people suffering from various diseases, ailments and terminal illness. A 149-46 vote in the Republican-controlled House came at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday after less than an hour of debate. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to sign the measure into law.
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania poised to OK medical pot bill
The House approved the bill after a relatively short debate. Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland, urged his colleagues to send the legislation to the governor. “The people of Pennsylvania have been waiting long enough,” he said. “Our most vulnerable residents and citizens will be helped by this legislation.”
TribLive: Pennsylvania House Oks medical marijuana bill, Gov. Wolf will sign it
Gov. Tom Wolf said he will sign a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania after the House on Wednesday approved legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan margin.
PLS Reporter: Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law
With the final vote in the House Wednesday coming in at 149 in favor and 46 opposed, legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is set to become law.
PennLive: Gov. Tom Wolf ‘proud and excited to sign’ medical marijuana bill
Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he is “proud and excited to sign” legislation that would create a system for the legal use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions
Associated Press: Pennsylvania set to OK medical marijuana; Ohio could follow
The House vote, 149-46, set off cheers in the ornate chamber and capped several years of door-to-door lobbying by parents. It’s more than a year and a half since the state Senate first approved a medical marijuana bill in 2014. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, calling Wednesday’s legislation historic, said he will sign it Sunday.
Philly Voice: Medical Marijuana bill passes Pa. House; Wolf to sign into law
Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is now all but a foregone conclusion. After amended legislation passed the state Senate on Tuesday, the state House voted on the bill Wednesday. It passed by a vote of 149-46.
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