Pa. Senators Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill. Here Are Some Highlights.

On Thursday, four state senators introduced Senate Bill 1003—which, as of now, only has one unofficial name: “Medical Marijuana.

Those Pennsylvania lawmakers are Daylin Leach (D-Montco), Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheney/Westmoreland/Armstrong) and Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheney)—three of whom introduced similar legislation last year.

According to an unofficial PDF of the bill viewed by PhillyNow (the official bill has not been made public), the senators’ potential law would provide for “the medical use of marijuana; and repealing provisions of law that prohibit and penalize marijuana use.”

The language contained in the bill contends there are several reasons this needs to happen now: A) Modern medical research “has discovered a beneficial use for marijuana in treating or alleviating the pain” or symptoms caused by certain medical conditions; B) 99 percent of all marijuana arrests are made under state, not federal, law, and C) several other states—Vermont, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, California, etc.—have already enacted such policies for the health and welfare benefits of their citizens.

One must qualify as a candidate for medicinal marijuana by a licensed doctor and must then retain a registry identification card from the state to use. The substance may be used by him/herself, or may be administered by a parent/guardian. In addition, the 1972 “Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act” won’t apply to the patient. The bill states conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, treatment that has resulted in seizures, nausea and other “weakening medical condition[s]” recognized by licensed medical authorities as being treatable with marijuana are applicable under the law.

Here are some highlights quoted directly from the bill:

“A qualifying patient shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution or penalty in any manner, or denied the right or privilege…for the medical use of marijuana, provided that the patient possesses a registry identification card and no more than six marijuana plants and one ounce of usable marijuana.”

“Possession of, or application for, a registry identification card shall not alone constitute probably cause to search a person or property of a person possessing or applying for the…card.”

“A physician shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege…by the State Board of Medicine for providing written certification for the medical use of marijuana to a qualifying patient.”

“No person shall be subject to arrest or prosecution…for simply being in the vicinity of the medical use of marijuana as permitted under this act.”

Last year’s Senate and House bills were titled the “Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.” So far it’s unknown how much support there’s going to be in Harrisburg when this thing gets under way, but in 2010, the bill was essentially put on the back burner.

According to a Quinnipiac Public Opinion poll conducted around the time last year’s bills were introduced, 59 percent of Pennsylvanians favored legalizing medicinal marijuana.

UPDATE, 4/27: The bill has gone live . Check out our coverage here.

28 Responses to “ Pa. Senators Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill. Here Are Some Highlights. ”

  1. Jimmy says:

    Yeeeeeeaaaaaaa let’s smoke some weed! we can do this PA.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Also first

  3. Zdude says:

    I hope to god this doesnt mimic Jerseys beautiful legislation…we can do it PA

  4. Sam says:

    This is a Compassionate Care bill. That simple. There are many people who would benefit from the use of medical marijuana, and the social stigma keeps it from those people. Do the research. Even if you don’t like or support Marijuana, why should anyone keep it from those whose lives would improve from its use?

  5. Thomas says:

    This is a bill to provide relief for those suffering chronic and severe pain, not one to openly permit or encourage pot use for recreational purposes.

    I pray that thoughtful Pennsylvanians will support this bill with a phone call, email or written letter to their state legislator.

    It can work if we let it.

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  7. John says:

    I wish. My doctors give me Prescription heroin for pain i have from a car accident. I would much rather use a vaporizer and gods’ medecine.

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    how it is usually used and look for positive ways it is used to aid
    people with medical problems. It probably will surprise the average person that it is far more valuable than pharmaceutical drugs
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  13. dan says:

    I think its a very good idea. The big drug companies in this country have for decades been using plants and roots from the rain forest to produce the poison perscriptions they want us to take, which often come with side effects worse than the trouble or disease that we already have. Lots of people that are taking a daily dose of these legal pharmaceuticals may soon need or already need marijuana just to counterbalance the side effects of the already prescribed medications. Look up the side effects of Meloxicam, it can cause nausea,vomiting,abdominal pain,diarrhea,headache,fatigue,joint pain,back pain( which by the way, is the reason it was presscribed to me in the firstplace) insomnia,itching,skin rash,bladder infections,upper respritory infections,and may cause bleeding from the stomach,increased risk for heart attack or even stokes. This stuff CAN KILL you. Oh yah just for those powers that be, who want to control everything, MARIJUANA DOESN’T KILL YOU.

  14. Ryan Stewart says:

    I am a huge supporter of this bill, I just curious as to weather or not a date has been selected yet for when
    this bill is to be voted on?

    I, personally happen to be a patient that would benefit greatly from the ability to use cannabis free of unfair and unrealistic penaties.

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  16. michael says:

    happy to hear about cannabis bill,but get to exited because there is still a long way to go and corbet is dead set against it.unless the bill is overwhelming approved he will most definitly VETO it.also,john there is no pharmacuetal heroin in the U.S.,oxycontin is refered to as “hillbilly heroin”.

  17. OldSeaDog says:

    I’m very happy to hear about this! A big “Yes” on Pa. Bill 1003! I’m old and itchy…it’s raining outside and my toe’s sore…

  18. we need it! says:

    Com-on MR.CORBET you got elected over Dan the asshole tunnel man.I voted for you and I’m a democrat.And I personally met Dan Onaroto talk about someone that’s really into their self’s this is the man.What an asshole in one. Mr. Corbet you sir are now the Governor of Pennsylvania and the leader of all Pennsylvanians. Now it’s time to start being the Governor that the people voted in to lead and change this state that’s so far behind in times.There are so many people waiting for you to sigh and legalize the medical MARIJUANA bill. We voted for you knowing we had a better chance of this bill passing with you than Dan.Mr. Governor there are so many people in this state that need this bill passed because the awful pain and suffering they are in.You sir called this a gate way drug come on Mr. Governor you know as well as the rest of the people that need this herb that’s it’s a herb not a drug as our federal Government calls it.Just set back for a few minutes and think about passing this bill and the jobs it could create and the revenue it would bring in to a state that’s already hurting badly for jobs and money. Mr. Governor the pharmaceutical companies are doing more harm to us than Marijuana ever would.The pharmaceutical companies has had there chances at trying to combat these deceases and sicknesses for so many years and all they have gotten is richer.There are so many side affects from their drugs that they produce it’s actually scary.Yea they have gotten rich from the drugs they discovered while people get sicker and weaker as time moves on. And their getting tired and run down waiting for this bill to pass.Sir this herb don’t need to be developed It grows on it’s own and to this day in history not one person has ever died from Marijuana.You say your against it just maybe rethink on a herb that could help so many people that helped you get where you are today. Governor of Pennsylvania!

  19. pete says:

    pass the biil it will help a lot of ppl it helps with pain cancer aids migraines and a lot more pass it pass it

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  26. Nikki says:

    I suffer from bipolar type 2 and anxiety. I am prescribed 3 different medications for it. I researched the side affects of all 3 and do not like what I learned. Side affects can be diabetes; liver failure; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; vomiting.rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abnormal thinking; chest pain; confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, sore throat; increased sweating; involuntary movements of the tongue, face, mouth, jaw, arms, legs, or back (eg, chewing movements, puckering of mouth, puffing of cheeks); loss of control over urination; loss of coordination; muscle tremor, jerking, or stiffness; new or worsening mental or mood problems (eg, anxiety, depression, agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, inability to sit still); one-sided weakness; seizures; severe or persistent restlessness; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or attempts; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, urination, or appetite; unusual weakness); trouble swallowing; trouble walking; unusual bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision or speech changes. Marijuana almost instantly calms me down and relax. I use it instead of my medications and legalizing it would help people like me. The side affects of marijuana are the munchies, laughing uncontrollably and creativity. I much rather prefer those affects rather than all of the side affects of my legal drugs. Legalizing marijuana would also end the association with the Mexican Drug Cartel. It would save millions of dollars for the DEA, because millions of dollars go into busting pot growers. It would also create jobs for Americans. Marijuana is natural. It is from the earth. It is Gods gift to mankind.

  27. Dan says:

    As a former marijuana user, I’d just like to say that I now suffer from depression, fatique,back and neck pain on a regular basis. When I used marijuana I worked in the construction business(very physically demanding) and would self medicate in the evening in the privacy of my own home, to reduce the pain of a very hard work day. Now that I’m much older and realize the unreasonable consequences of using marijuana I haven’t used for years,but the damage is already done from all the hard work of years gone by,so now most evenings I find myself taking Ibuprofen for my pain. Ibuprofen by the way comes with a list of side effect and several warnings which include:hives,facial swelling,asthma,rash,
    blisters,skin reddening and a chance of stomach bleeding. WOW!! that’s a whole list of bad news. Recommended daily dose is NOT to exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours,what if my pain is worse than that,just suffer? It also comes with an overdose warning. Ibuprofen could kill me, but I guess until our government comes to their sences and makes marijuana legal for medical use,I’ll just keep running the risk of death. Thanks Big Government for butting your nose in where it doesn’t belong. IT’S TIME THE GOVERNMENT STARTS LISTENING TO “WE THE PEOPLE” THAT ELECTED THEM AND STOP LISTENING TO THE BIG PHARMECEUTICAL LOBBYISTS IN WASHINGTON AND LET AMERICANS BE FREE TO USE THE MEDICINE OF LIFE!

  28. justin says:

    I am a 25 year old Pennsylvanian boy. I have been diagnosed with
    epilepsy for fifteen years. I graduated high school in 2005 and went to
    college for a year for culinary arts. After college they discontinued
    my hmo and i live alone with a limited income through the year. I cant
    afford my meds nor can i get samples because i dont have enough for a
    hospital visit. If you could really consider this not as an excuse but
    a reason for me to hang on(its very difficult) to look past any
    irrational reason and go with the one practical reason. People asked
    why Thomas Edison kept trying to invent a lightbulb and they said he
    would never get it, but all he said is I just figured out a 1000 ways
    how not to make a lightbulb, i just need one to make it happen

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