Will medical marijuana be legalized in Pennsylvania?

The governor of Pennsylvania recently changed his opinion regarding the legalization of cannabis oil.

Slowly but surely, legislators in Pennsylvania seem to be taking steps toward the legalization of at least certain forms of medical marijuana. Recently, Governor Corbett announced that he has changed his opinion about one type of medicinal marijuana, cannabis oil, also referred to as CBD oil.

The governor announced his change in position after meeting with parents whose children suffer from pediatric epilepsy. CBD oil has been found to be effective in treating children who suffer from this serious illness that causes frequent seizures. The oil contains very little THC, the component of marijuana that causes a high. The governor now supports the legalization of CBD oil, but he also noted that he is looking for more information from the Food and Drug Administration regarding how to proceed.

In addition, a committee in the Pennsylvania Senate is set to have a hearing on medical marijuana in June. In January 2014, the Law and Justice Committee in the state Senate had a hearing on the issue, in which some legislators reported that they changed their position as a result of the evidence presented.

Fight charges of marijuana possession in Pennsylvania

Despite the recent action in the capitol on the issue, marijuana possession continues to be illegal in Pennsylvania for medicinal or recreational purposes. The penalties for a possession conviction vary depending on whether the individual has previously been convicted of marijuana possession and on the amount of the drug found in the individual’s possession. Those found in possession of marijuana in Pennsylvania can face misdemeanor charges.

If someone is found in possession of 30 grams of marijuana or less, he or she could face a jail sentence of up to 30 days and a fine of up to $500. Upon a first offense, however, the individual could receive probation for up to one year instead of serving jail time. If the individual has previous marijuana possession convictions, the penalty could be doubled.

If an individual is found in possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, he or she could face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a marijuana crime in Pennsylvania, you should take steps to protect your interests. A good first move is to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, who will work with you to ensure a robust defense is made on your behalf.

Keywords: medical marijuana, possession, Pennsylvania

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