After the PA State House voted 149-46 on Wednesday to approve Senate Bill 3, Gov. Tom Wolf said he is “proud and excited” to sign the bill that will legalize medical marijuana in the state to “provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families.”
“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,” Gov. Wolf said. “I have met with patients and families, held roundtables and urged action on this legislation since take office, and it is encouraging that the hard work of these families has resulted in historic legislation.”
The legislation includes 17 conditions for which certified physicians will be able to prescribe marijuana in pill, oil, vapor or liquid form, including cancer, epilepsy, autism, PTSD, AIDS, sickle cell anemia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma, Marc Levy of the Associated Press reports.
The bill will go into effect 30 days after Wolf signs it into law.
Though it may take several years before retailers are selling to patients, parents will be allowed to legally purchase medical marijuana from another one of the 24 states in which it is legal, according to the AP.