Gov. Tom Wolf To Support State Senate's MMJ Bill
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Gov. Tom Wolf To Support State Senate's MMJ Bill
Posted by CN Staff on January 28, 2015 at 06:00:09 PT
By Marc Levy, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press
Pennsylvania -- Gov. Tom Wolf gave an impromptu audience Tuesday to parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing.The greeting in Wolf's ornate Capitol reception room followed a news conference at which Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer said they plan to broaden their legislation, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate last fall.
That bill was opposed by then-Gov. Tom Corbett and it died when the House did not act on it at the end of the legislative session.But the new House Majority leader, Dave Reed, said this week that he hopes the House will advance a medical marijuana bill. He's seeking hearings in the House."We've got too many kids and too many citizens in general that can potentially benefit from the use of medical marijuana," Reed said Monday. "We just need to make sure it's regulated in the most appropriate fashion possible and that we're not creating a lot of unintended consequences."Leach, D-Montgomery, and Folmer, R-Lebanon, envision a new bill that would expand the list of 10 authorized medical conditions to give doctors more leeway to prescribe medical marijuana as they see fit. The senators also plan to expand drug delivery methods to include smoking and vaporization, as well as extracted oils, edible products, ointments and tinctures.That bill has not been written, but Wolf said he will support it."If they support it and it takes us farther down the road toward what we all want, which is full legalization of medical marijuana, giving doctors the ability and the right to prescribe medicine they think that patients need, I'm for it," Wolf said.Leach and Folmer were flanked at their Capitol news conference by eight other senators, including Majority Leader Jake Corman and Minority Leader Jay Costa. At least a half-dozen families of children who suffer daily seizures attended the event and went to Wolf's reception room afterward, including Dana Ulrich, whose 7-year-old daughter Lorelei suffers from severe seizures."We've tried all of her medication options and so we're hoping for a new option with medical cannabis and we're hoping you can help lead us there," Ulrich told Wolf.Louann Speece told Wolf that her 17-year-old daughter Diana has had seizures since she was 9 days old."She is a shell. I know she's in there. She doesn't speak, she doesn't really feed herself very well," Speece told Wolf. "I want her to have a good quality of life so hopefully she can convey her needs and wants to people other than me."Support for the bill has been propelled by parents who believe a marijuana oil extract can help their children. The seizures can inflict brain damage and their affected children often function well below grade level, the parents say. Some parents in Pennsylvania have decided not to wait and are seeing improvement in their children after tapping into a network that brings marijuana oil extracts to states that ban it, Leach and Ulrich said.Leach and Folmer also want their bill to allow for wider treatment of others, such as veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer victims.The Morning Call contributed to this story.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Marc Levy, Associated Press Published: January 27, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by potpal on January 28, 2015 at 18:08:24 PT
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on January 28, 2015 at 15:43:35 PT
you can see how the political class is now using medMJ as a tool against legalization.Passing harshly restrictive medMJ laws set the standard for cannabis as a very dangerous substance that MUST be tightly regulated for safety. Then when legalization comes calling, it's easier to demonize and harass the cannabis community, with ridiculous nuisance/harassment laws and high taxes. e.g. RFID-tagging every seedling and videotaping the entire life of the plant.This all guarantess that even under "legal" marijuana the black market remains strong and thus keeps the criminal justice industry humming along jailing people, etc.
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