Friday, May 9, 2014
PA Senate promotes ‘prompt legislative action’ on medical marijuana bill
Following an “informative” hearing earlier this year regarding legislation to legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, the Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold a second public hearing on the issue on June 10, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) said today.
The hearing would focus on an amendment to Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. The amendment is designed to ensure prompt legislative action on the bill.
“The first hearing in January offered a valuable opportunity to shine a light on this issue and remove any misconceptions about the legalization of medical cannabis,” said McIlhinney. “This approach now offers lawmakers an opportunity to narrow our focus and work toward a final product that can earn prompt consideration,” he added.
“I look forward to continuing the discussion of helping Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable through medical cannabis, and am hopeful for the advancement of Senate Bill 1182 before the current legislative session ends,” said Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48), who is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1182. “Education through medical testimony, as well as from individuals who could have a second chance for an improved quality of life, has been very beneficial, and I sincerely thank Senator McIlhinney for holding these hearings.”
The hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg.