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Pa. might legalize medical marijuana soon

HARRISBURG – The state House could decide as early as this week on whether Pennsylvania should become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The House began debate Monday evening on a legalization bill approved last spring by the Senate. Under the measure, people who suffer from certain conditions would be able to access medical cannabis in oil, ointment, and pill forms.

But as with all big-ticket bills in the Capitol that inspire deep divisions, it could fall victim to politics. The Republican-controlled chamber is considering a lengthy list of changes to the measure, which advocates say could make access more difficult for those who need it.

And several legislators privately grumbled that one of their colleagues, Rep. Matt Baker (R., Bradford), an opponent of the bill, appeared to be attempting to pull off a Washington-style filibuster Monday night – a preview of what could ensue when the measure comes up for a vote on final passage. That could happen as early as Wednesday.

Even if the bill passes the House, it is unclear whether the amendments the chamber appears certain to make are palatable to the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans alike have championed the issue.


To read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20160315_Could_Pa__legalize_medical_marijuana_this_week_.html

 

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