Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana on Sunday after Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed the legislation into law. Wolf signed the bill at the Capitol building in Harrisburg.
The law allows patients to obtain medical marijuana at authorized state dispensaries if they have a doctor’s certificate. The Department of Health will authorize up to 150 dispensaries.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states with a Republican-controlled state legislature that has legalized medical marijuana.
Wolf called the legislation “truly historic” and in a statement said, “The signing of this bill, which will improve the quality of life for patients and their families throughout Pennsylvania, shows that Harrisburg can come together to address big challenges on behalf of the people of the commonwealth.”
State Senator Daylin Leach (D), wearing a green bracelet that he pledged not to remove until medical marijuana was legalized, proclaimed, “Marijuana as medicine is coming to Pennsylvania.” The bracelet was given to Leach three years ago by the mother of an ill child.
On Sunday, Leach removed that bracelet.