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State house to consider medical marijuana bill

CBS 21

The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives is scheduled to make movement on medical marijuana legislation Monday.

Senate Bill 3, which passed last year, is now being considered in the House after being placed on a backburner for a few months.

The legislation includes close to 200 amendments to the original bill presented by republican Senator Mike Folmer of York County. It would allow doctors to prescribe aspects of marijuana -- like oils from the plant -- to patients with certain medical conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV and AIDS. It would not be legal to smoke the plant.

"Here's a plant that's not toxic and I'm told by some really, really good doctors that this is going to be some of the safest medication we can allow people to have access to," Folmer said on CBS 21's Face The State with Robb Hanrahan.

Gov. Tom Wolf urged lawmakers to move forward and fast on medical marijuana legislation. He said he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

Lawmakers will begin hearings at 1 p.m. at the Capitol on Monday.

The bill passed the Senate last year.

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