A pair of Pennsylvania lawmakers — one Democrat and one Republican — joined forces this week to lend their support behind a bill that would Allow Medical cannabis patients in the state grow their own cannabis plants at home.
State Senator Sheriff Street, a Democrat, and Dan Laughlin, a Republican, said Wednesday that they will introduce legislation “in the near future” to allow patients “to grow a limited number of cannabis plants from their homes for personal use.”
The lawmakers said that since the state’s medical marijuana law was instituted by a bill passed in 2016, the program has “provided life-saving drugs to communities across the Commonwealth”.
Street and Laughlin books in note Distribute it to other lawmakers to attract more sponsors to the bill. This year’s advisory board meeting at the Pennsylvania MMJ revealed significant disparities in access. The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health has indicated that patients in some counties must travel more than two hours to reach the clinic. This is simply not possible for many Pennsylvanians. In addition, patients were also vocal about financial challenges related to high drug costs and affordability.”
in a statment Laughlin’s office announced its support for the bill Wednesday, citing the Marijuana Policy Project in saying that “15 of the 19 states that have legalized adult use of cannabis and about half of medical states allow personal cultivation.”
“In states with reasonable safeguards—such as limiting the number of plants per household and requiring plants to be safe and out of public view—home cannabis cultivation has not been a problem,” Laughlin’s statement said. “No country has abolished home farming, and there has been no serious pressure to do so.”
Laughlin, who said earlier this year that he was considering a gubernatorial election in 2022, said that “it’s critical that politics meets people wherever they are, and by allowing medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis plants at home, we can help reduce the cost.” .and the accessibility burdens of this important drug.”
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For Street, which represents parts of Philadelphia, advocating for marijuana is nothing new. (Biography on Twitter Contains a call to “legalize cannabis.”)
Last month, he and Loughlin introduced SB 473 to legalize the adult entertainment bowl.
When the bill was announced, Street described legalization as an “issue whose time has come,” and called the ban a “costly failure of public policy that criminalized patients and personal liberties and affected generations in a failed war on drugs that continues to burden taxpayers with the mounting costs of the criminal justice system. we’ve got. ”
“This bill makes moral and financial sense and prioritizes the people of Pennsylvania,” Street She said In a statement at the time.
“After nearly a year of working with Senator Street, advocacy groups, and constituents, we have introduced SB 473, which we believe is the best option for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania,” Laughlin She said In his statement last month. “With bipartisan support, Senator Street and I believe we’ve found a way to get this important legislation to the finish line. With most surrounding states passing rationing bills, it’s time to act now before we lose revenue due to bleeding borders. It could raise about a billion dollars a year, the most important thing for me is that the industry will create the thousands of family-supporting jobs that we so desperately need.”