State House approves medical marijuana research clarification

Tony Romeo
June 19, 2018 - 9:35 pm



HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill intended to address a court ruling that put Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana research program in jeopardy. 

In a case brought by numerous dispensaries, growers and processors, a Commonwealth Court judge last month issued an injunction against the research component of the medical marijuana law. 

On Tuesday, the state House passed a bill sponsored by the author of the research provisions, Bucks County Republican state Rep. Kathy Watson, who said the measure would clear up any confusion about what the legislature intended.

"We've worked very hard so that indeed, real research not only will have the opportunity to occur, but it’s going to be required to occur," she said.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is unclear if it will be taken up before lawmakers’ summer recess, which may come sooner than expected with the legislature on track to wrap up work on the budget ahead of schedule.