People with medical cannabis cards in Pennsylvania can get up to three months’ worth of cannabis, rather than a one-month supply, under a bill signed into law by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday.
“It’s been five years since Pennsylvania legalized medical cannabis, and in that time the Department of Health has examined the program’s successes and challenges and made important recommendations on improving the law,” Wolf said. “This legislation provides important updates to our state’s medical cannabis program to ensure that patients have improved access to medication.”
One provision of the law, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Paul Schemel of Franklin County, allows companies that grow and process cannabis to remove contaminants such as mold and yeast from cannabis plants and process those plants into “topical” products.
That raises concerns for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws regional organizer Chris Goldstein. He says the bill is “industry driven” and doesn’t address patients’ issues. “What was surprising was how quick this bill moved and how broad it became,” Goldstein said. “There was no testimony taken from patients or caregivers during the senate or house hearings.”
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