Potential prescribers of medical marijuana narrower than some have argued

According to a recent legal opinion drafted by the Legislative Reference Bureau and obtained by The PLS Reporter on a possible bone of contention in Senate Bill 3—the Senate’s version of medical marijuana legalization legislation—the list of potential prescribers of medical marijuana is narrower than some have argued.

In past discussions and news reports, some have argued the definition of prescriber in the bill—which is based on a “health care practitioner” as defined in the 1985 Medical Practices Act who has the ability to prescribe schedule three narcotics—could possibly include veterinarians and physical therapists.

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corman previews meeting with Gov. Wolf, Senate GOP spring agenda

Corman previews meeting with Gov. Wolf, Senate GOP spring agenda

Following a nearly two hour Senate GOP caucus, The PLS Reporter caught up with Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and he provided a preview of the Senate GOP’s spring agenda and what he hopes to see during a scheduled meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday.

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

Continuing their review of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee and House Health Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday on the concept of legalizing medical marijuana.

During the hearing, the committees heard from a number of law enforcement groups including the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association.

While all three remained somewhat skeptical of the concept, none of the law enforcement organizations categorically opposed the legalization of medical marijuana under the condition that the system used to implement and regulate the use of medical marijuana is strict.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana by a 88 to 10 margin.

Not surprisingly, legislators sponsoring proposals to legalize medical marijuana responded positively to the poll’s results.

“You can’t get much higher in a poll than 88 percent,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3, that chamber’s legalization proposal also sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). “These numbers are as close to unanimous as you get in politics.

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Supporters of Senate Bill 3—the current Senate proposal to legalize medical marijuana—gathered in the East Wing Wednesday to rally support behind the proposal.

Legislation co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) called for legislators to put politics aside in passing the legislation.

“Put the petty politics aside and move this forward,” he said to House members who opposed similar legislation last session. “We want to get a bill on the governor’s desk by May so we can get sick people the medicine they need this year, because if we don’t do that we are shirking our responsibility.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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