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Parents appeal for Pa. legalization of medical pot
January 29, 2014
HARRISBURG, (AP) A Pennsylvania legislative panel took a wide range of testimony, most of it positive, at a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Parents of children who suffer from seizures made emotional appeals to the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana extracts. They said government-approved drugs not only failed to stop the seizures but cause severe and sometimes violent side effects.

Josh Stanley, who co-founded a Colorado nonprofit that's exploring the medical potential of marijuana, told the panel that compounds in the plant could treat an array of diseases including cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society withheld its support of the bill, saying more study is necessary.

Governor Tom Corbett opposes the measure.

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