HARRISBURG – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on Secretary Rachel Levine’s announcement that she will accept the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board’s approval of “whole plant” marijuana.
“I am ecstatic today,” Leach said. “The Advisory Board’s vote and Secretary Levine’s announcement are the culmination of years of hard work. Allowing whole plant will dramatically expand the number of patients who benefit from medical cannabis and will go a long way toward guaranteeing that this new industry survives and prospers. This is a great day for the people of Pennsylvania, and particularly for those who have been suffering and crying out for relief. Help is now indeed on the way.”
The Advisory Board last Monday voted 11-0 to recommend that Pennsylvania expand the program to include dry leaf and plant form as a valid form of medicine under the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana protocol.
Levine accepted all the recommendations made by the Advisory Board at the most recent meeting, including recommendations to add Neurodegenerative Diseases and Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorders to the list of serious medical conditions.
The Advisory Board also recommended that the medical condition of cancer be revised to include remission therapy. One can find the Advisory Board’s final report here.
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 Advisory Board was tasked with studying the use of marijuana as medicine and making recommendations to improve Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana protocol. In accepting the Board’s recommendations today, Levine gave the recommendations 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.