Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 3

The Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 3, introduced by Folmer and Senator Daylin Leach (D-17) to allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss possible amendments to the bill, including Real-Time Registry; research supporting expansion of the list of diseases; and best methods of delivery for patients using medical cannabis.  Those invited to testify include:

  • Real-Time Registry:  Chris Ellis, Principal, Beacon Information Design and Nathan Groff, Chief Government Relations Officer, Veritec Solutions, LLC
  • Medical Cannabis Research:  Dr. Jack D’Angelo, Dr. Colleen Barry and Dr. Thomas Trite
  • Delivery Systems:  Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber and Paul Taylor
  • The Pennsylvania Medical Society:  Dr. Steven Shapiro and Dr. Bruce MacLeod

The public hearing will be held Wednesday, February 25 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Hearing Room One, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

Senate Bill 3 would allow patients who have a recommendation from their doctor to purchase and use medical cannabis from centers licensed by a to-be-created State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing.  The entire process would be regulated through licenses issued to:  medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensers.  Smoking is prohibited.

“I am eager for this informational hearing to discuss how to make SB 3 the best bill to help as many people in the Commonwealth as possible – People who are sick and suffering and need this medication to lead an improved quality of life,” said Folmer.

The bill has 26 co-sponsors with bipartisan support (12 Republicans and 14 Democrats).

Contact: Fred Sembach and Fallon Binner

(717) 787-5708