Medical marijuana bill sent to governor with Gainey support

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Ed Gainey said today’s House concurrence on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana nears the end of a long struggle for family advocates who have fought tirelessly to help ease their loved ones’ pain.

“This is a good day for the mothers and fathers and other family members who have stayed strong in their commitment to getting needed medical help for their loved ones who continue to suffer from debilitating illnesses,” said Gainey, D-Allegheny. “It took much longer than necessary to get this bill to the governor, but by working together – Democrat and Republican, House and Senate -- we are able to send a clear message that we care about Pennsylvania families and we don’t want them to suffer any more.”

The legislation (S.B. 3) heads to Gov. Tom Wolf, who has indicated he will sign the bill.

Last year, Gainey served on a bipartisan House task force that studied the issue and recommended changes to the bill. Gainey was successful in adding a provision to ensure diversity among medical marijuana businesses to include veteran, minority and women participants.