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
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.