Medical marijuana now legal in 24 states after Pennsylvania Gov. approves measure

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Marijuana grows legally inside Oaksterdam University, an institution that trains students interested in a career in the cannabis business. California law currently allows legal use of marijuana for medical purposes. If Proposition 19 passes, it would legalize pot for recreational use.

By Jackie Wattles

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Pennsylvania just became the 24th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.

Governor Tom Wolf approved the measure Sunday, allowing the sale and consumption of cannabis for treating specific diseases or symptoms.

Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement that the measure “will improve the quality of life for patients and their families throughout Pennsylvania” by giving them access to a new treatment option.

The state will roll out its medical marijuana program over the next 18 to 24 months.

Under the new law, up to 150 dispensaries can obtain an authorization to sell weed to patients with a doctor’s certification.

According to a fiscal impact report, Pennsylvania estimates application and registration fees will net $10 million within a year.

The state will collect a 5% tax on medical marijuana purchases.

Among the diseases included in the statute’s definition of “serious medicial condition”: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, inflammatory bowl disease, glaucoma and PTSD.

Voters in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and D.C. have legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use, and 20 states and D.C. have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, it’s still a banned substance under federal law.

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  • Daniel Gray

    And it still does not make it legal no matter what the Gov of the states said or did. The Commerce Clause of the US Constitution clearly says no lower authority can make a law that is in violation of federal law. Meaning that the people who sell it and the people who grow it and the doctors that prescribe it can still be arrested and charged with the intent to distribute and they can go to prison for life.

    And there has been a synthetic pot medication out for over 20 years Its called Diribinol or marinol. My sister who is a PICC Nurse used to give it to patients in the hospital where she worked and had to sign it in and out under federal law and doctors orders. So what have you won? Absolutely nothing.

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