Pennsylvania MMJ Efforts Get Big Boost from Governor

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The chances that Pennsylvania could become one of the next states to legalize medical marijuana improved markedly this week.

Gov. Tom Wolf (pictured), who took office this month, has come out in support of MMJ, saying he will sign a bill to legalize medical marijuana if it passes the state Legislature.

That’s a big departure from his predecessor, who opposed a legalization measure last year that cleared the Senate by a wide margin but stalled in the state House.

Lawmakers are working on a revised bipartisan bill this year that would expand the scope of the original bill by giving doctors more authority to prescribe medical cannabis at their discretion, rather than limit the program to just 10 ailments, according to the Associated Press.

The new bill, which is still being written, would also legalize nearly all manner of MMJ, including smokeable cannabis, edibles, ointments, tinctures and extracted oils, creating enormous business opportunities in a state of nearly 13 million.