The times have definitely changed in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf invited advocates and legislators into his official residence Monday night for a forum on medical marijuana. The event marked a big shift for stakeholders who, for years, were ignored and thwarted by former Gov. Corbett.
The Pa. Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed SB3, a bill to legalize some forms of cannabis for medical uses. But the current language, if eventually passed into law, will bring little change in the real world.
This week the New Jersey Department of Health issued a report showing that just 3,600 patients have gained access to the medical marijuana program. This is disappointing and should serve as a solid warning to Pennsylvania legislators as they craft a law for the Keystone State.
"Chris Goldstein is a cannabis consumer advocate and writer. He formerly served on the Board of Directors at several NORML chapters, helped with Philadelphia decriminalization and now teaches the "Marijuana in the News" class at Temple University. Contact: Twitter @freedomisgreen or email@example.com"