Sessions' Medical Pot Stance Doesn't Sit Well with Wolf; Gov. Tom Wolf Says He May Seek Legal Action If Congress Allows the Trump Administration to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana Suppliers in States Such as Pennsylvania That Have Legalized Marijuana for Medical Use. [Derived Headline]

By Zwick, Kevin | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 17, 2017 | Go to article overview

Sessions' Medical Pot Stance Doesn't Sit Well with Wolf; Gov. Tom Wolf Says He May Seek Legal Action If Congress Allows the Trump Administration to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana Suppliers in States Such as Pennsylvania That Have Legalized Marijuana for Medical Use. [Derived Headline]


Zwick, Kevin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Gov. Tom Wolf says he may seek legal action if Congress allows the Trump administration to crack down on medical marijuana suppliers in states such as Pennsylvania that have legalized marijuana for medical use.

"We do not need the federal government getting in the way of Pennsylvania's right to deliver (patients) relief through our new medical marijuana program," Wolf said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week. Wolf, a Democrat, said he was "disturbed" that Sessions is pursuing the change in federal law.

Sessions this week asked Congress for permission to crack down on medical marijuana suppliers, which could upend states' efforts to provide marijuana for serious medical conditions.

Local governments here have begun to change their zoning laws to prepare for medical marijuana businesses.

Latrobe Council on Monday amended its zoning laws to define areas where a medical marijuana business can operate in the city limits. Mayor Rosemarie Wolford said the change has placed the city "ahead of the curve."

Latrobe joins a list of local governments in the region that are adapting to a state law passed last year, including Richland and Harrison townships in Allegheny County. Sewickley Township in Westmoreland is set to adopt a new ordinance this month. The state law legalized the use of marijuana for serious medical conditions, including cancer, childhood epilepsy and other conditions.

Chairman Brian Merdian said the Sewickley Township supervisors want to be sure any medical marijuana business "would be in an area that would not be considered problematic by neighboring residents."

"I don't have the knowledge or the expertise to know exactly if Mr. Sessions is correct," Merdian said. "My concern is looking after the betterment of the community, so if (a medical marijuana business) does come to our community it is placed in the most discreet location. …

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