Dispensary edibles, end to qualifying conditions highlight medical … – New Castle News

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania State Senators signaled broad support for sweeping changes to the commonwealth’s Medical Marijuana Program that would eliminate the list of qualifying conditions for patients, allow any doctor licensed to write prescriptions to also certify patients for marijuana, legalize edible medication and end patient registration renewal and the $50 annual fee.

The 11-member Senate Law & Justice Committee advanced three separate bills addressing medical marijuana during a meeting Wednesday. Two bills moved with just one negative vote while the third received unanimous support.

The measures are now closer to a vote by the full upper chamber that could ultimately send the proposals to the state House for further consideration.

Senate Bill 835 is a bipartisan measure co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York, and Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny. It’s proposed as a comprehensive update to the Medical Marijuana Act of 2016.

Its most notable proposal would be the end to the list of qualifying medical conditions, which currently stands at 24. Instead, it would allow physicians, who would still need to register with the state, to determine if medical marijuana is

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