State mulls medical marijuana legislation

It’s not a question of if, but when medical marijuana will be allowed in Pennsylvania.

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be voted on soon by the state Senate, which has approved medical marijuana before. The state House also gave the green light to the practice, most recently in a March 149-43 vote of support.

Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will sign medical marijuana into law once a bill is on his desk. He can’t do that until the House and Senate pass the same legislation, the sticking point that has delayed Pennsylvania from joining more than 20 other states in legalizing medical marijuana.

The Senate has held off on voting on the bill to review it and determine whether to make amendments.

The House’s bill would enable the state to license up to 25 growers and twice as many dispensaries. The eligible conditions — there are 17 — in the bill include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It could be taken in pills, oils and vaporized forms, but smokable medical marijuana would not be allowed.