HARRISBURG – April 9, 2018 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board’s overwhelming approval of “whole plant” marijuana as a valid form of medicine under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana protocol.
“It was very important for the advisory board to approve patients’ use of the plant material because it’s the most affordable kind of medical marijuana and the most effective in treating certain medical conditions and symptoms,” Leach said. “Thousands of Pennsylvanians, including veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer patients enduring unending nausea, will get immediate relief from the vaporization of the whole plant.”
Senate Bill 3, Leach’s bill to legalize medical marijuana, was signed into law as Act 16 in 2016. The Act created the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board within the Department of Health. The board is tasked with studying the use of marijuana as medicine and making recommendations to improve Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana protocol.
Today the board approved a recommendation for the use of whole plant by a vote of 11-0 and also voted on other recommendations. Each recommendation approved by the board will be considered by Secretary of Health and Physician General Rachel Levine, who is empowered to accept each recommendation and thereby give it the force of law.
Leach’s bill legalized medical marijuana for 17 specified conditions. The first Pennsylvanian legally purchased medical marijuana from a dispensary in February 2018.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He is also the Democratic Chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.