PA-Gov: Wolf Vows to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill
Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday pledged to sign a medical marijuana bill that the PA Senate is in the process of writing in an impromptu speech to parents of children who are suffering from debilitating seizures.
Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) gave a news conference in which they said they plan to broaden the legislation that originally passed the Senate last fall. Wolf’s address followed the news conference.
Opposed by then Gov. Corbett, the PA House did not act on the bill, and it died at the end of the legislative session.
Leach and Folmer plan on a bill that will expand the list of authorized medical conditions that may be treated with medical marijuana. The senators would also like to expand drug delivery methods such as smoking and vaporization. Extracted oils, edible products, ointments, and tinctures are other methods that may deliver the medical marijuana.
The two State Senators want the bill to extend treatment for others, including cancer victims and veterans suffering from PTSD.
Wolf vowed to support and sign the bill, saying, “If they support it, and it takes us farther down the road toward what we all want, which is full legalization of medical marijuana, giving doctors the ability and the right to prescribe medicine they think that patients need, I’m for it.”
Eight other Senators attended the news conference including Majority Leader Jake Corman and Minority Leader Jay Costa. Appearing with Wolf and the Senators were at least a half dozen families whose children suffered from seizures.
Dana Ulrich, whose seven year old daughter suffers from severe seizures, told Wolf, “We’ve tried all of her medication options and so we’re hoping for a new option with medical cannabis and we’re hoping you can help lead us there.”
Louann Speece, who has a 17 year old daughter that has suffered from seizures since the age of nine, told Wolf, “She is a shell. I know she’s in there. She doesn’t speak, she doesn’t really feed herself very well. I want her to have a good quality of life so hopefully she can convey her needs and wants to people other than me.”
The House has not collectively weighed in on medical marijuana, but Majority Leader Dave Reed said that he hopes the House will advance the bill.