Medicinal Use of Cannabis

UPDATE April 17, 2016: Pennsylvania Makes History in Legalizing Medicinal use of Cannabis


April 17, 2016
– Today Governor Tom Wolf put his signature on Senate Bill 3 legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Act 16 of 2016 establishes the medical cannabis program in the Commonwealth and provides for the governance structure and the regulations to be adopted.

My sincere congratulations to my colleagues Senator Mike Folmer and Senator Daylin Leach for their perseverance and dedication the children, families, veterans and individuals who will now be able to access this life-changing medication.

Senator Leach Remarks from the Medical Marijuana Bill Signing Ceremony



UPDATE:  April 12, 2016

Today, the Senate passed an amended version of Senate Bill 3 by a bi-partisan vote of 42-7. As the bill was amended by the Senate, SB 3 must now see a concurrence a vote by the House of Representatives before being considered by the Governor.   For a look at the amended language, click here. Watch Senator Remarks on the Passage of Medical Marijuana Bill


UPDATE: March 16, 2016

The House of Representatives passed an amended version of Senate Bill 3 by a vote of 149-43, sending the legislation back to the Senate for final approval. For a look at the amended language, click here.


UPDATE: March 14, 2016

The House of Representatives amended Senate Bill 3 by a vote of 152-38 to limit the prescription of medicinal cannabis to those who have been certified by a medical practitioner to have one many qualifying conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma and chronic or intractable pain. Additionally, the bill allows the drug to be taken in pill form, oil or liquid and but not for dispensaries to sell edible marijuana. SB 3 now outlines provisions for 25 growers and 50 dispensaries across the Commonwealth, where each dispensary could have up to three separate locations. Growing operations must be contained in a secure, indoor facility. The full House now must consider SB 3 as amended.


Introduced by Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach, Senate Bill 3  (formerly SB 1182), the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, would allow Pennsylvania physicians to prescribe medications containing oils derived from cannabis.

Senator Wiley was proud to be one of the first Senators to sign on as a co-sponsor of this bi-partisan effort to legalize the use of medicinal cannabis in the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 3 has over 20 bi-partisan co-sponsors as of March 2015.

“I am encouraged by the bi-partisan movement to establish this mechanism for those who will be tremendously impacted by the treatment. We have an opportunity to make better the lives of people in this Commonwealth,” said Senator Wiley.

Please take a few minutes to view some of the attached videos and articles on this topic. You can also visit Senator Leach’s website, which features stories of children with extreme medical conditions who would benefit from the legal use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.

Recently, Governor Wolf initiated a medical marijuana pilot program in Pennsylvania. To learn more, read the April 10th story from the Tribune-Democrat online here: Wolf moves to launch medical marijuana pilot in Pennsylvania

The Senate passed SB3 by a vote of 40-7 on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015. The bill will go over to the House to seek concurrence. You can read my press release in response to its passage here: Wiley Votes to Allow Use of Medical Cannabis in the Commonwealth.

If you have questions, or would like additional information about the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, please contact me.


Medical Cannabis Act



Charlotte’s Web (Dr. Sanjay Gupta)

Medicinal Cannabis Educational Documentary

Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health

Cannabis and Cancer

Hemp Oil

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Weed 2013 CNN Special

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hemp For Victory

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Rally

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Rally (Josh Stanley’s Opinion on why Pennsylvania doesn’t need FDA approval) (Josh Stanley’s Opinion of Senate Bill 1182) (Doctor Rosenfeld on the difference between Marijuana & Cannabis) (Doctor Rosenfeld on how Cannabis can Cure Cancer) (Doctor Rosenfeld on how Cannabis can Cure Diabetes) (Graham Hetrick’s Oral Testimony to the Senate Law & Justice Committee) (Graham Hetrick on illegal drugs vs (FDA Approved) prescription drugs) (Graham Hetrick on Recreation Use vs Medical Use) (Graham Hetrick on Cannabis as a matter of Public Safety)





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