US (PA): Philadelphia will opt out of medical cannabis

The city of Philadelphia will opt out of medical cannabis. Aldermen voted 3-2 Tuesday night to announce their intention to opt-out and hold a public hearing on April 19.

Ward 1 Alderman Justin Clearman and Ward 4 Alderman Shaun Seales voted for medical cannabis. Ward 2 Alderman Jim Fulton, Ward 3 Alderman James Tatum, and Alderman-at-Large James Waltman voted to opt-out and to take a wait-and-see approach like the county supervisors.

Fulton said afterward, "I have researched this topic because I understand the importance of this issue. I listened to the Municipal League’s recommendation of a temporary opt-out, consulted two doctors, and talked with local law enforcement. I decided it was in the best interest of the citizens to wait until regulations are provided by the State Department of Health."

Cities and counties have 90 days or until May 3 to opt out of the new state law or lose the chance forever.

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