Medical marijuana expected to become legal in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania House passed the bill Wednesday, 149-46

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This is an image of medical marijuana produced in California.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll sign medical marijuana legislation and make Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Wolf said he’ll sign the bill Sunday.

The Pennsylvania House passed the bill Wednesday, 149-46, after several years of urging by parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures. The Senate first passed medical marijuana legislation in 2014.

The House vote set off cheers in the ornate chamber.

It wouldn’t take effect for a month and the legislation’s drafters expect it’ll take two years to write regulations and get retailers opened. But, in the meantime, a safe harbor provision allows parents to get medical marijuana for their child if they buy it legally in another state.

Christine Brann says every day without a medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania is a risk for people who believe their suffering child may not survive another seizure. Brann’s 5-year-old son is diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.

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