House to hold joint hearing on medical cannabis

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary and Health committees will hold a joint hearing to focus on the practical implications of legalizing medicinal cannabis in the state, including its impact of the law enforcement community, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 140 of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg, according to the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus.

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold the combined hearing. Expected to be in attendance are members of the legislators' respective committees along with representatives from at least nine regional organizations.

The agenda will include opening remarks by the House committee chairs, followed by scheduled commentary or discussion from the following associations: Beacon; Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association; Veritec; Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police; Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania; Gaudenzia Inc.; Pennsylvanians for Rational Drug Policy; Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association; and Communities That Care Southeast Regional Educational Outreach Committee. Written testimony will be submitted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The event will be web-streamed live and can be viewed at www.RonMarsico.com, www.RepBaker.com and www.PAHouseGOP.com.