Schweyer votes to send medical marijuana bill to governor

HARRISBURG, April 13 –State Rep. Peter Schweyer said House concurrence of legislation (S.B. 3) that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, would provide another treatment option for veterans, children and many other long-suffering Pennsylvanians.

“Many parents and advocates have fought long and hard to make the legalization of medical marijuana a reality here in the commonwealth,” Schweyer said. “We are closer than ever for Pennsylvanians who are struggling to cope with a variety of debilitating illnesses to finally get this critical treatment option when nothing else will do.

“The work that it took to get us to this point shows that Democrats and Republicans can work together to craft meaningful legislation that works for Pennsylvania. The final version of Senate Bill 3 is an excellent compromise that would ultimately allow patients and their doctors to make the best decisions about their health and well-being.

"Since medical marijuana would not be covered by insurance, Senate Bill 3 includes a provision that would help those who have financial hardships to have access to this treatment,” Schweyer said. “This treatment would not be exclusively for people with means, but would be accessible to folks of all income levels based on need.”

Last year, Schweyer was the only Lehigh Valley member to sit on a bipartisan task force that studied the issue and recommended changes to the bill.

Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated he will sign the bill.