Mechanicsburg pastor supports parents effort to get daughter medical marijuana

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A Mechanicsburg pastor is coming out in support of medical marijuana, all because of a young member of his Cumberland County congregation who could benefit from the drug. Anna Knecht suffers from Dravet Syndrome, which is a severe form of epilepsy that causes multiple seizures a day. Her parents said medical marijuana is the key to stopping those seizures.

Anna celebrated her 11th birthday on Wednesday at the New Covenant Fellowship Church in Mechanicsburg, but her parents aren’t able to give her the present of medical marijuana they said she needs. “It’s really about a god given plant that we can use for good” said Anna’s father Mark Knecht.

The Knecht’s want the chance to give Anna an oil derived from marijuana that wouldn’t get her high, but has a component that has been proven to reduce seizures. “Anna’s seizures come on with no warning. They can occur at anytime of the day or night especially when she’s sleeping. She’s had up to 400 in a day and her longest one has been a day and a half” said Anna’s mother Deb Knecht.

One place that Anna and her family find strength is at church. “Anna’s part of our family” said senior pastor Brett Hartman. Hartman said he wants to see medical marijuana legalized in Pennsylvania for Anna’s sake. “Anna’s condition isn’t getting better and so we’re kind of like lets make sure our representatives know this. Lets make sure that maybe we don’t have to go through all the bureaucracy” said Hartman.

Governor Corbett has said he will not sign any bill into law that legalizes medical marijuana and that may force Anna’s family to explore other options. “Obviously our hope is that it would continue in Pennsylvania, but for now it looks like we’re going to have to go to Colorado” said Anna’s dad.

The congregation signed birthday cards at Anna’s party that make her case for why she needs medical marijuana. Her parents plan to hand deliver those cards to every single state representative and senator in Pennsylvania.


  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    "any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…not only are we not free, they are killing my American family

    love and freedom forever


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