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NEW LAW—As state Rep. Ed Gainey looks on, Gov. Tom Wolf fields questions after signing legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, April 17.

NEW LAW—As state Rep. Ed Gainey looks on, Gov. Tom Wolf fields questions after signing legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, April 17.

Implementation still up to 16 months away

Just four days after members of the state house followed their Senate colleagues in passing legislation to legalize the sale of medical marijuana, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the new bill into law.

“I am proud to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. I applaud members of both parties in the House and Senate who have come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and want to thank the thousands of advocates who have fought tirelessly for this cause,” said Wolf.

“Since taking office, I have met with patients and families, held roundtables, and urged action on this legislation and it is encouraging that the hard work of these families has resulted in truly historic legislation.”

The signing means that once all the nuts and bolts of implementing the law are put in place, those suffering from a number of specified conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS, and chronic pain can treat them with marijuana.

But until the law is fully implemented, there is a “safe haven” provision under which patients using marijuana for a medically allowed condition are safe from prosecution.

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