Bizzarro vote for medical marijuana sends measure to governor’s desk

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today supported the final passage of a bill to legalize medical marijuana, sending the legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives concurred in Senate amendments to S.B. 3, which would allow patients with serious medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia and post-traumatic stress disorder, to use medical marijuana.

“Today is a historic day for Pennsylvania, as we begin to grant medical relief to those who need it most,” Bizzarro said. “It may have taken years of debate, advocacy and soul-searching, but the legalization of medical marijuana will soon be a reality in our state. We must especially give credit to the parents of ill children who would benefit from the drug’s legalization, who’ve spent countless hours knocking on legislators’ doors and telling their stories. They put real faces to this very human issue and helped to get this important work done.”

Recent polls show a majority of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana.

The governor has indicated he will sign S.B. 3 into law, which would make Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize the drug for medical purposes.