Parents push for medical marijuana at a hearing in the Capitol

Parents of children with epilepsy hope to do more to take care of their children. They want to give their kids medical marijuana to stop the seizures, but it’s currently illegal in Pennsylvania. A hearing was held Tuesday morning in the Capitol that aimed to dispel myths and advocate for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Dana Ulrich said getting medical marijuana for her daughter is a matter of life and death. “I would love to move my family to Colorado where I know I can get the right medication for her but I can’t do that so yes I feel helpless being in Pennsylvania” said Ulrich. She said the financial burden of moving is too much to bear. That leaves her daughter to fight roughly 400 seizures a day with drugs that don’t work.

Some lawmakers are beginning to understand Ulrich’s frustration. Democratic State Senator Jim Ferlo said “if I had a sick child and I thought a plant could help I’d go through hell and high water to make sure that that child got that plant legally or illegally.” State Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach are co-sponsors of Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

They represent bipartisan support, but there are still obstacles that remain. Governor Corbett has said he won’t sign any bill that makes medical marijuana legal, but Dana Ulrich hopes he changes his mind. “What I would say to the governor is try to spend one day, one hour, one minute in the shoes of these parents and feel what it feels like to watch your child deteriorate every single day” said Ulrich.

4 comments

  • Dawn

    These children are suffering and are able to get drugs approved by the FDA that have not been helping them at all, however because of the negative association that goes along with even just the word, Marijuana, they are denied access to this—People need to educate themselves on what these parents are asking for–they are NOT asking to let their children smoke anything, but rather be given an OIL derived from this plant that has shown so much promise in other states for children suffering from seizures. It is awful that these kids have to suffer just because they live in the wrong state!

  • Josh

    It's amazing to me that this is even a surprise. Let's be real here. We know that marijuana helps people who are sick, young and old. We know that tons of FDA approved medications have harmful side effects, and straight out don't work. These kids need a real medication and I think we've found it in marijuana.

  • Randy

    Cannabis is a medication that helps so many people who are suffering. Although extra regulation may be necessary in the case of giving it to children, the medication should not be withheld.

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