Gov. Tom Wolf to meet with medical marijuana advocates, lawmakers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf will meet Tuesday with advocates and encourage lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room of the state Capitol.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed several amendments Monday to change the original 69-page bill the Pennsylvania Senate passed with a vote of 40-to-7 last May.

An amendment by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) puts a five percent tax on growers and processors who sell marijuana to dispensaries. That amendment passed with a 152-to-38 vote.

The Medical Cannabis Act would create a state board to license growers, dispensers, and processors.

Patients would need a written certification from a doctor confirming they have one of the qualifying medical conditions. Those conditions include cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma, diabetes, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Representative Kevin Schreiber (D-York) believes the bill could pass later this week or early next week if both sides continue going through the amendments.

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