COUNCILMAN DEREK S. GREEN TO HOLD HEARINGS ON THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT OF PENNSYLVANIA

In Council News, Derek Green by PHL Council

Philadelphia, May 5, 2016Councilman Derek S. Green (At Large) introduced a resolution authorizing the Committee on Public Health to further investigate the impact that Medical Marijuana would have on the City of Philadelphia.

Last month, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 16 of 2016 (“the Medical Marijuana Act”).  This legislation creates a program for the use of Medical Marijuana to be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and by a state licensed practitioner to patients with serious medical conditions.

“I would like to open up the discussion to get some perspective on how this new state law will impact the City of Philadelphia.”

The Medical Marijuana Act states that it is unlawful to smoke medical marijuana, to grow medical marijuana, except by a state approved grower/processor, or for dispensaries to sell medical marijuana products in an edible form, although patients may incorporate medical marijuana products into food to aid ingestion.

“24 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana to be used by their citizens that have serious medical conditions.  This resolution provides an opportunity to have a conversation and dialogue with these jurisdictions so that we can learn best practices and procedures with regards to medical marijuana.”

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Councilman Derek S. Green, Esquire is currently serving his first term as an At Large member of Philadelphia City Council. Green is Chair of Council’s Committee on the Disabled and Persons with Special Needs. More information at www.phlcouncil.com/DerekGreen

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