HARRISBURG – February 15, 2018 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the official launch of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
“I first introduced medical marijuana legislation eight years ago,” Leach said. “I’ve been to ribbon cuttings this week, grand-opening events, open houses, and today the first Pennsylvanians will purchase the medical marijuana they need. It’s been beautiful and surreal to witness this program take off. Marijuana is medicine and it has come to Pennsylvania.”
“This is one of the most significant pieces of social policy enacted in Pennsylvania in generations, and it would never have happened without Senator Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin) and grassroots advocates, who all worked tirelessly to show dozens of previously unconvinced legislators how marijuana could bring relief to thousands of suffering Pennsylvanians,” Leach said.
The first medical marijuana sale took place this morning at Cresco Yeltrah, an approved medical marijuana dispensary located in Pennsylvania’s southwest region. Diana Briggs, a registered caregiver from Export, Pa and a cannabis advocate from Campaign 4 Compassion, was the first Pennsylvanian to purchase medical marijuana. Leach spoke yesterday at an open house event for Keystone Shops, the southeast region’s first medical marijuana dispensary scheduled to sell product to approved patients. Keystone Shops plans to begin selling medical marijuana to patients on Saturday, February 17.
As of this week, medical marijuana will be available for patients at approved dispensaries. The Department of Health has approved 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors throughout the state. More than 17,000 patients and 700 physicians have registered to participate in the program.
Leach’s medical marijuana legislation was signed into law on April 17, 2016 as Act 16. The program became effective on May 17, 2016.
Leach introduced medical cannabis legislation every session since the 2009-2010 session, when he introduced the Senate’s first medical cannabis bill, Senate Bill 1350.
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.