PA Senate Expected to Vote on Medical Marijuana Bill Tuesday

MAY 12, 2015

Here in Pennsylvania, you don’t have to be a criminal defense lawyer to know that the issue of medical marijuana is one being discussed in the state – in fact, the measure, which would legalize pot for treatment of certain health conditions, is being bantered in the state Senate today.

According to media reports, the Senate made some to the pending bill Monday, which would allow for more medical conditions to be treated with marijuana – including chronic pain, Crohn’s Disease and diabetes.

The bill would also allow for vaporization to be used as a method to treat everything from cancer to Post Traumatic Stress Disease and seizures.

No, marijuana will not be prescribed to smoke (it would be prescribed as an oil instead).

So what happens if the state Senate passes the bill? It goes to the state House for reconsideration (they failed to pass the original version of the legislation during last year’s term).

Then, if the House should pass it? That’s when it goes to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his John Hancock (he’s gone on the record saying he would support legalization of medical marijuana).

Why should you care? Well, as a Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer who does a high volume of DUI work, people should know that even if a drug is medically dispensed – if a police officer pulls you over for unsafe driving and it’s in your system, guess what? You could be charged with DUI. Generally, a Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer deals with these kinds of cases quite frequently.

But as I’ve long said: This Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney believes that marijuana DUIs will be big business in the state (especially given the training officers are already receiving to become so-called Drug Recognition Experts).

And because of that, I, being a Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer, look forward to following what happens with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill so I can be a better advocate for clients – both current and future.