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Politics & Government

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania state senators have for the second time sent legislation to legalize various forms of medical marijuana to the House, where it faces an uncertain future.

The Senate voted 40-7 Tuesday.

It passed a similar bill last fall, but it died in the House. This latest version expands the number of eligible medical conditions to 15 and expands the methods of delivery to include vaporization along with oils, pills, liquids and gels.

Smoking it wouldn't be allowed.

The Senate's debate has been propelled by parents who believe a marijuana oil extract can help their seizure-wracked children. Under the proposal, patients would need a written certification from a doctor or nurse confirming that they have a qualifying medical condition and are likely to benefit from a prescription.