- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Details of the medical marijuana bill that passed the Pennsylvania state Senate on Tuesday, 40-7. It now goes to the House.

WHAT WOULD BE LEGALIZED

Plants containing cannabidiol, tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol acid or any part of a cannabis plant, including cannabis processed by extracting oil from the plant, intended for medical purposes. Allowable forms would include oils, ointments, tinctures, liquids, gels, pills or similar substances made from those plants. Vaporization would be allowed for patients with cancer, seizures or post-traumatic stress disorder if a physician believes it is necessary.

QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Cancer, epilepsy and seizures, Lou Gehrig’s disease, wasting syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, multiple sclerosis, spinocerebellara ataxia, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe fibromyalgia, AIDS, glaucoma, chronic or intractable pain, Crohn’s Disease and diabetes.

ACCESS CARDS

A state board must develop a system to verify patient access cards and cardholders with a qualifying medical condition.

GROWERS’ REQUIREMENTS

Licensed growers must only sell to licensed processors and dispensers. Licenses are limited to 65 and cost $50,000. They must be renewed annually. There is no restriction on the strains that may be grown, except for genetically modified organisms. Growers may only use conventional methods in an indoor, enclosed secure facility. A certified testing laboratory must test the product before the grower may sell it.

DISPENSERS’ REQUIREMENTS

Licensed dispensers can only sell marijuana products that were approved by a certified laboratory. Licenses are limited to 130 and cost $50,000. Licensed dispensers must provide no more than 2.5 ounces to a patient in a 14-day period, without a waiver from the Department of Health. They can only accept written certifications from a patients’ health care practitioner for no more than 28-day supply periods. They must comply with the health care practitioners’ recommendations regarding strain, dosage and amount.

TAX

A 6 percent surcharge is imposed on dispensers on the purchase price of the medical marijuana.

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