HARRISBURG – The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on legislation sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) on Tuesday, September 21 in Hearing Room 8 E-B, East Wing, Main Capitol Building, Main Capitol Complex. You can also watch the hearing live at the links below.
The full hearing, which will also cover other legislation, begins at 10:30 a.m. The portion focused on Sen. Bartolotta’s bill is expected to start at approximately 11 a.m.
The hearing will focus on Senate Bill 167, which would remove DUI penalties for legal medicinal cannabis use.
Since its inception in 2018, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program benefitted nearly 368,000 Commonwealth residents who suffer from chronic illnesses. The program was designed with protections in place, including the requirement that individuals must register with the Department of Health.
Pennsylvania’s “zero tolerance” driving under the influence (DUI) law does not contemplate the difference between medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Because of this, unimpaired patients currently face the risk of being arrested, prosecuted and convicted for using medical marijuana that has no bearing on their ability to drive a vehicle.
Two other bills being discussed during the hearing include Senate Bill 773, which would address repeat DUI offenders, and legislation to be introduced by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) and Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-35) to address recent court courses challenging Pennsylvania’s DUI Law.
CONTACT: Colleen Greer, 717-787-1463