Gainey supports S.B. 3

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today issued his support for a Senate bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the commonwealth.


Introduced by state Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer, S.B. 3 would regulate the medical cannabis industry in Pennsylvania to ensure a controlled, but safe and quality product, while also permitting universities to conduct medical research and study of the drug.


Gainey, who introduced his own version of the bill last session, said that the use of medical cannabis has been proven to benefit people of all ages in relieving pain and other debilitating symptoms, from providing children relief from seizures and veterans an alternative to dangerous narcotics for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, to offering pain relief for senior citizens and people suffering from cancer.


"We have an obligation as state legislators to ensure that our sick friends, family members and neighbors have access to the best medicine available that can help them," Gainey said. "It seems unjust to deny people medicine that will help them feel better, especially when we routinely prescribe far more toxic medications for many of the same conditions that can be relieved by medical marijuana.


"Senate Bill 3 would make the option of medical cannabis as a treatment legal."


Gainey said that the licensing and application fees provided for in the bill would cover the cost of implementing the proposed law, as well as generate between $19 million and $44 million annually for the commonwealth.


"Support for this issue continues to grow in the Commonwealth as more people learn how a medicinal strain of cannabis can help alleviate people's pain and suffering. I'm hopeful that our colleagues in the House and Senate will support legislation legalizing medical marijuana because it's the right thing to do," Gainey said.