May. 22, 2024

HARRISBURG — Rep. Kathy L. Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), Republican chair of the House Health Committee, announced the bill improving lab oversight for medical marijuana, which includes her amendment, passed the House by a 196-6 vote. Rapp’s amendment furthered the oversight of labs in several ways, including requiring them to establish annual inspections and submit proposed modifications to standard operating procedures within 30 days; clarifying violations are subject to civil penalties; and allowing the Department of Health to revoke or suspend licenses.

“We owe it to Pennsylvanians to ensure that medical marijuana is free from impurities, like any prescription or over-the-counter drug,” Rapp said. “The General Assembly enacted the medical marijuana program to help children with seizures, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and others suffering from a wide range of medical conditions. They should feel confident that the products they get from Pennsylvania dispensaries are safe, and this bill will help make sure that’s the case.”

House Bill 2208 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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