HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Becky Witwer fought back tears as she took to the podium in the Main Rotunda of the State Capitol.
"I want to ask lawmakers today, why wasn't she worth it?" she said.
Witwer lost her one-year-old daughter Grace two weeks ago, as they waited for medical cannabis to be legalized. Witwer heard of medical cannabis helping other children with the same condition, but now, she will never know. Grace died on November 11, 2015.
Parents and families joined Witwer at the State Capitol in Harrisburg Monday to again plead to lawmakers to come up with effective medical cannabis legislation. Their rally comes as members of the House prepare to amend and vote on a bill that has been stalled for months.
State Representative Mike Regan (R-Cumberland and York Counties) is helping in the fight. He said it will take some time for the current legislation to be amended and before the House considers it. A vote was scheduled for Tuesday, but Regan said December is more likely. "I'm sure there is going to be a lot of amendments, and things that are going to happen, but I think December is probably realistic," he said.
Although Witwer no longer has Grace to fight for, she is still fighting, to make sure other families don't have to endure the pain that now consumes her.
"My baby is dead. I will never get her back. I will never hear her laugh again. But others can be saved. Don't wait another day to pass this bill," Witwer said.