Bipartisan Pennsylvania senators on Wednesday said they are introducing a bill to allow medical marijuana patients to cultivate their own plants for personal use. Sens. Dan Laughlin (R) and Sharif Street (D) made the announcement about a month after unveiling a separate adult-use legalization proposal. This more modest reform would simply promote access by giving medical patients a home cultivation option. “Since the passage of Act 16 in 2016, Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana (MMJ) program has offered lifesaving medicine to communities across the Commonwealth,” the senators wrote in a memo seeking additional cosponsors for the soon-to-be-introduced bill. “However, there are still inefficiencies around MMJ that are well known, especially as it relates to cost and access.” Letting patients grow their own medicine would “help ease the cost and accessibility burdens for this important medicine,” they said. “This legislation would go a long way towards helping everyday Pennsylvanians meet their health needs and ensuring everyone is treated equitably and fairly under Act 16.” Today, @SenSharifStreet and I introduced our Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Bill. This will go a long way towards helping everyday Pennsylvanians meet their health needs and ensuring everyone is treated equitably and fairly under Act 16.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 11/18/2021 08:48:00