The Keystone State is missing out on the progress being made on cannabis policy across the nation. That’s because legislators in Harrisburg, even those who support reform, are crafting onerously complex bills.
Yesterday, the Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed SB3, a bill to legalize some forms of cannabis for medical uses. But the current language, if eventually passed into law, will bring little change in the real world.
The measure was amended before the committee vote to reinstate two conditions that were arbitrarily removed last year: glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. But the rest of the extensive amendments took an already limited bill and watered it down even further. New conditions cannot even be considered until two years after the bill passes.
This was all in sharp contrast to promises made by the bill’s sponsors, Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach, that SB3 would be expanded. Both stated that they hope to make further revisions before a Senate floor vote. [Read more at the Philadelphia Inquirer]