Wheatley votes for medical marijuana bill

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today voted for legislation (S.B. 3) that was sent to the governor’s desk which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  

Wheatley 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.

"Medical marijuana will enable people to relieve their pain without seeking other narcotics, which will lessen the growing number of people addicted to opioid drugs," Wheatley said.

He also said he was pleased to see the Senate did not remove an amendment he sponsored ensuring that no dispensary could be located within 1,000 feet of a public, private or parochial school or a day-care center.

Under the bill, medical marijuana would be dispensed through licensed distributors and available to those who have been certified by their physicians to benefit from the drug. The bill also would regulate the growing, processing and dispensing of the product.

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