Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — Two Pennsylvania senators have proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.

According to a memo from Sen. Mike Reagan (R-Cumberland/York) and Sen. James Brewster (D-Allegheny), the two plan to propose legislation that eliminates the list of eligible conditions and allows the patient’s physician — any physician authorized to prescribe controlled substances — to make that decision.

The legislation would also eliminate the need to renew a medical marijuana card and look at licensing parity for growers/processors across the Commonwealth.

Finally, the legislation would require Senate confirmation of the director of the medical marijuana office.

“It drove home the need to confront drug cartels while providing Pennsylvania with a safe and trustworthy product that is not too costly. We can still achieve these goals within our current medical marijuana program and prevent residents from crossing into states that have legalized adult use of marijuana, but to do so we must We have to update the law and make the necessary changes to the current medical marijuana program.”

Sen. Mike Regan and Sen. James R. Brewster

The lawmakers asked their colleagues to join them in passing legislation “that will allow our medical marijuana program to thrive and better serve its patients.”

In 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, which the governor’s office says “refers to the use of the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its essential extracts to treat a disease or symptom.”