Editorial: Moving forward on medical marijuana

While Pennsylvania is closer than ever to making medical marijuana available for patients who need it, some hurdles remain along with important answers to significant questions.

It’s been two decades since California became the first state to allow for medicinal use of marijuana and cannabis. Since then, 23 states — along with Guam and Washington, D.C., have enacted similar legislation.

Pennsylvania seems poised to join that list. In one context, it is about time. Enough studies have been done across the nation to justify appropriately managed and maintained medical uses for the drug in various forms. In another vein, opponents argue the state is bypassing the Food and Drug Administration.

Pennsylvania’s legislation, now heading to the Senate, would allow people to buy marijuana from a dispensary after a doctor has prescribed it for one of 17 conditions, including: cancer, epilepsy, autism, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma and chronic or intractable pain. The commonwealth would license up to 25 growers and processors, and as many as 50 dispensaries, which could each operate three locations.

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