HARRISBURG, PA — After months of delays, lawmakers in a key Pennsylvania committee voted to send a medical marijuana bill to the floor of the House for a vote.
In a roll-call vote of 25-8 Wednesday afternoon, Senate Bill 3 was passed by the House Rules Committee. The bill, which was approved by the Senate in May, sending the bill to the floor of the House for full consideration by lawmakers.
All eight “no” votes came from Republican lawmakers, but ten Republicans voted yes, including committee chair Dave Reed, along with all 15 Democrats.
There is no word when — or if — the full House will vote on the bill.
Governor Tom Wolf supports allowing access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, and is expected to sign the bill if it passes.
Medical marijuana has strong support among Pennsylvania residents, with polls consistently showing overwhelming support. A Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released in April found 88% support for medical marijuana among likely Pennsylvania voters.
A more conservative poll released in March by Robert Morris University found 67.5% support, an increase from 56% last year. An August 2014 poll recorded 69% support for medical marijuana, and a separate July 2014 poll found 84% support.
Two individual polls from March 2015, one conducted by the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics, and the other by Quinnipiac University, found 85% support.
The current version of the bill can be found here.
This is a developing story. We will continue to update this article as more details become available.
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