Pennsylvania is Poised to Pass One of the Most Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Bills in the Country
Yesterday at the state capitol, Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis Act, Senate Bill 3, took center stage at the Capitol with a standing room only Senate hearing in the morning and a passionate press conference at high noon. It has taken over three legislative sessions to get to this point, but State Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer and State Representative Ed Gainey are poised to pass one of the country’s most comprehensive medical marijuana bills.
The fight for medical cannabis use in Pennsylvania began in 2009 when Senator Leach and Representative Mark Cohen initially introduced a bill. The turning point in Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis journey shifted after CNN aired Sanjay Gupta’s documentary on the topic. In the CNN documentary, Gupta highlighted the story of Charlotte Figi, an eight year old who was suffering from Dravets Syndrome. From three months of age, Charlotte Figi would have multiple seizures in a day and some of the fits lasting for as long as a half hour. In the documentary, Charlotte is given a special strain of marijuana, Charlotte’s Web, that reduced her seizures to one time a week.