Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, 42-7, after making minor changes to legislation the House passed last month

FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so. Officials at Ataraxia in the Edwards County city of Albion, Ill., said Monday, July 13, 2015 that they received state authorization July 10, and have started cultivating the genetic strains that will be the basis of their products. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate has passed medical marijuana legislation for the second time in 11 months, and backers hope it can get to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk later this week.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, 42-7, after making minor changes to legislation the House passed last month. House officials haven’t given any assurances that the chamber will quickly pass this new version.

The Senate already passed a similar bill nearly a year ago.

The bill would let patients who suffer from a list of ailments obtain marijuana for therapeutic purposes. It sets standards for tracking plants, licensing growers, dispensaries and physicians.

Patients could take the drug in pill, oil or liquid form, but wouldn’t be able to legally obtain marijuana they could smoke or grow their own.

Wolf supports making Pennsylvania the 24th state to enact a comprehensive public medical marijuana programs. The Pennsylvania Medical Society opposes it.

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