House votes to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 149 to 43 for a proposal that would set standards for growers, dispensaries and physicians

FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 13, 2015, marijuana plants sit under powerful lamps in a growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A bill to let patients who suffer from a list of ailments obtain marijuana for therapeutic purposes is closer to becoming law after passing the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a comfortable margin.

The House voted 149 to 43 Wednesday for a proposal that would set standards for growers, dispensaries and physicians.

Patients could take the drug in pill, oil or liquid form, but wouldn’t be able to obtain marijuana they could smoke. Supporters say it’s a way to help relieve the suffering of sick people.

Opponents argue the Legislature shouldn’t be approving a drug that’s illegal under federal law.

It still needs final approval in the Senate, which passed a similar approach last year. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has urged passage of legalized medical marijuana.

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