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Medical marijuana bill that’s garnered parent support to be debated in the Capitol

Parents of children with severe forms of epilepsy are rallying behind a bill that could legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It will be debated on Tuesday at a hearing in the Capitol. The bill is called the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

Latrisha Bentch is one of its supporters. She has a 5-year old daughter named Anna who suffers from epilepsy and has hundreds of seizures every day. “Her brain seizes so frequently that it’s impossible for her to really start to retain memories. She’s in survival mode” said Bentch. Her daughter has tried different diets and drugs in hopes of finding the right combination that would stop the seizures, but they haven’t worked.

Bentch is part of a group of parents that support the bill. Governor Corbett has publicly said that he would not sign a bill into law that would make medical marijuana legal, but he has instructed the Physician General to monitor any clinical trials for a strain of marijuana that doesn’t get you high. When asked about the affects of certain drugs that her daughter is already taking she said “our children are already high. Our children are high on pharmaceuticals right now.”

Democratic State Senator Daylin Leach and Republican State Senator Mike Folmer co-sponsored the bill. Folmer said getting it passed could be tough, but that he hopes to change the Governor’s mind. “It’s my responsibility to help educate. All I ask from the Governor is that he would be able to sit down with me and speak with me one on one” said Folmer.

 

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5 Comments to “Medical marijuana bill that’s garnered parent support to be debated in the Capitol”

    Juanita Moser said:
    January 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    No, not just for medical reasons. harvest it, package it, tax it, sell it to everyone.

    stel1776 said:
    January 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    With thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing its relative safety and medical efficacy it would be absurd and unjust to continue any form of prohibition. It would be criminal to continue medical cannabis prohibition.

    Kathy said:
    January 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    We are living in the dark ages…..marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol and I think it should be made available to everyone, not just for medicinal use…Mr. Tom Corbett needs to get more accurate information before making ridiculous assertions about the use of it…and it truly IS safer than alcohol… perhaps we should have some scientific evidence regarding its use available for the governor to read before prohibiting it….get with the program Mr. Governor

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