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FDA action must come before Pennsylvania Senate's medical marijuana bill, House lawmaker says

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — The Pennsylvania state Senate's bill legalizing medical marijuana has landed in a House committee headed by a Republican who opposes the authorization of any drug without the federal government's approval first.

House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker said Friday he has no plans to take up the Senate's medical marijuana bill — or any medical marijuana bill, for that matter.

The Tioga County lawmaker says Pennsylvania's Legislature has never approved a drug outside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process. Baker says his position is identical to the Pennsylvania Medical Society's stance.

House officials say Rep. Jim Cox of Berks County is drafting medical marijuana legislation that could eventually be amended into a separate bill outside of Baker's committee.

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, supports legalizing medical marijuana.

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