Bartolotta Comments on Passage of Medicinal Cannabis Legislation

HARRISBURG — Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) issued the following statement today in response to House passage of Senate Bill 3, legislation that would allow the use of medicinal cannabis by patients with certain qualifying medical conditions under a doctor’s supervision:

“Over the past year and a half, I have spoken with a number of people who suffer from a variety of debilitating medical conditions who are desperately seeking the relief that this medication could offer. I am extremely pleased that final passage of Senate Bill 3 finally paves the way for patients to receive the medication they need.

“One of my highest priorities as a legislator is ending the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction that has impacted families throughout our region and in communities throughout the state. Permitting the use of medicinal cannabis offers many patients a safe alternative to highly addictive medications that are often overprescribed.

“Much of the struggle in passing this legislation stemmed from misinformation and preconceived notions about the use of cannabis. To this day, many in the general public do not understand that the bill is restricted to medicinal use through oils and tinctures and is not permitted to be smoked. The final version of the bill includes all of the necessary safeguards to ensure only those individuals who can benefit from this treatment option will have access. I am grateful that lawmakers were able to set aside the distortions and personal biases that plagued this issue for far too long and finally pave the way for patients to receive the medication they so desperately need.” 

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