A bill introduced in the state Senate Tuesday would make Pennsylvania the 21st state to legalize the use of medical marijuana.
But don’t count on the bill becoming law anytime soon. Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign any such bill until the federal Food and Drug Administration approves cannabis for medical purposes.
Nevertheless, the bill’s bipartisan sponsors — state Sens. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Upper Merion, and Mike Folmer, R-48, of Lebanon County — are lobbying hard for its passage.
Leach has launched a social media campaign highlighting children who could benefit from medical marijuana. Folmer plans to hold a public hearing designed to educate his fellow legislators on the benefits of medical cannabis.
Medical marijuana, the senators argue, particularly would benefit children who suffer from severe epilepsy. They cited accounts of medical cannabis reducing seizures among children with epilepsy. The drug would be prescribed in liquid drops.
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