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Medicinal marijuana push in central PA

A push to legalize medicinal marijuana here in Pennsylvania is making its way through the state senate.

Local parents want lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow their children to take the chemical CBD that is found in the cannibus plant.

They say it could save their lives.

For the Stanley family, seizures have become a part of daily life.

But there’s one new medication out there that’s reaping success across the nation.

And Louann Speese-Stanley says it could be the key to her daughter’s cure.

16-year-old Diana Stanley has been medicated for epilepsy since she was 9 days old.

It has slowed down her brain development so much that today she is mentally no older than a 2 and a half year old.

“Dressing, potting, getting ready for school, getting on the bus, feeding, it’s like I’m having an infant but she’s 16,” says her mother, Louann Speese-Stanley.

Speese-Stanley doesn’t even know how many seizures Diana has a day because she’s so used to her condition.

“She bangs her head on the table when she’s eating and I’m thinking it must be a seizure,” says Speese-Stanley.

There’s one thing she believes could make a difference, but it’s controversial.

A liquid form of medicinal marijuana that Louann and many other parents across Pennsylvania are trying to leagalize doesn’t include THC, the chemical known to make people high.

“We’re not talking about passing out joints to people who are sick or kids who are sick,” says State Senator, Rob Teplitz, (D) 15th Legislative District.

Senate bill 770 has bipartisan support.

Senator Teplitz says the chemical CBD can be extracted from the hallucinogenic part and used as medication.

And it’s stories like one from Colorado where the CBD form is legal that gives families in Pennsylvania hope.

Medicinal marijuana has reduced Charlotte’s seizures by 99%.

Doctors say the medicine’s effect was almost instantaneous.

And while there’s no guarantee the drug would work for Diana, this fight is worth the possibility of a normal life.

“I don’t know if she can catch up. I don’t know if it’s possible but I would like to give her that chance to catch up,” says Speese-Stanley.

The bill is currently sitting in the health and welfare committee.

Senator Teplitz says there will be an effort this session to try and bring it to the senate floor for a vote.

You can click here to sign the petition here in Pennsylvania:



8 Comments to “Medicinal marijuana push in central PA”

    Raul DJ said:
    September 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    There are so many people here in PA who need a non toxic alternative medication. My meds alone would make you understand our need to have the choice to choose a medication that doesn’t make us sick in one way or the other.

    Ted said:
    September 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    These people see that it works now they are such greedy ass people remember god don't like ugly all of you people on this LEGEL commity you will be judged one day and he will ask you it was here when I was on earth and it was good enough so why isn't good enough now and then what will u say remember everything we do down here is just a reflection of what we will see remember this and GOD BLESS

    David Penn said:
    September 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    if this works for some GREAT, however the psychoactive chemical response from THC if used correctly in it's self can help people with psychiatric conditions, and don't even go into the paranoid schizophrenic argument, we all know that terrorists busting down the door and killing the family pet scaring the hell out of people is the cause, second, don't block the youtube footage instead stop giving people like me ammunition in this fight, trust me I would rather be bored to death…

    BossIlluminate said:
    September 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING

    hundreds of thousands die every year from alcohol and tobacco, not 1 person has died from marijuana in the history of man

    from my lone great state 20 years ago, to now half the country and much of the world, mary jane is about to revolutionize the planet…..LOVE and FREEDOM! cali4life


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