HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is about to join the national debate over legalizing marijuana.
A bill to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
The legislation would permit people with medical needs and a doctor's approval to obtain an identification card that would enable them to buy pot legally. It also would set up a state Medical Cannabis Board and an enforcement arm within the state police.
Gov. Tom Corbett remains opposed the measure, even if it's amended to allow only non-intoxicating marijuana.
Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat from Montgomery County and a leading sponsor, says the bill would help sick children who are barred by law from taking a medicine that will make them better.