Neilson votes for medical marijuana bill

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

“Patients shouldn’t be forced to decide between the medicine they need and breaking the law, and when this bill is signed into law they won’t have to,” Neilson said. 

Neilson said legalizing medical marijuana will help people who are suffering in their daily lives, including children who are experiencing daily seizures, veterans enduring post-traumatic stress disorder and many others who need this medication to relieve their pain.

“Today is a good day. The commonwealth will finally allow some of our most vulnerable patients to use this urgently needed medicine,” Neilson said. “Today is a victory for commonsense and compassion.”

Under the bill, authorized doctors would be only be able to prescribe medical marijuana for the following conditions: intractable seizures, cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, Huntingdon's disease, Crohn's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, autism and neuropathic pain and certain spinal cord injuries.

The governor has indicated he will sign such legislation.