Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Patients in Need Medical Marijuana Deserves House Approval

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Patients in Need Medical Marijuana Deserves House Approval

Article excerpt

The state House of Representatives should strike a blow for common sense this week and pass the medical marijuana bill that's before it. Senate Bill 3, approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from senators last May, has been examined, deliberated and amended to address every concern. Pennsylvanians suffering from diseases that could possibly be treated with cannabis deserve the lawmakers' action.

A legitimate criticism of medical marijuana is that regulation, based on the experience in other states, can be so lax as to serve as de facto legalization. Ask anyone in California how easy it is to find a Dr. Feelgood who is quick to certify that self-described "chronic pain" makes one eligible to buy weed from a handy dispensary.

Pennsylvania's strict proposal would nip such loopholes in the bud. Certified patients could receive the cannabis in a pill, oil or vaporized form; smoking is not permitted. Dispensaries could not sell marijuana in edible form. …

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