Families Stage Sit-In at Governor’s Office over Medical Marijuana

Families Stage Sit-In at Governor’s Office over Medical Marijuana
Political Health

marijuana_politicThe parents of seizure-wracked children are planning a sit-in at their Governor’s office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania if Gov. Tom Corbett won’t legalize medical marijuana. This was announced at a Capitol news conference by a state lawmaker who is sponsoring a Senate bill, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), and several families who want marijuana extract oil to be available to their ailing children.

If Leach and the families don’t get a sit-down meeting with Gov. Corbett this week, they intend to sit at his office until he speaks with them about legalization.

The governor’s office attests that they have already met with Leach’s co-sponsor, Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, and do not require another meeting with Leach and the families. Corbett, a Republican, feels that the federal government, not states, should have the right to determine if medical marijuana is legal.

He has sent his physician general to be the go-between when discussing this matter with concerned citizens. A similar party line was given on behalf of the leaders of the state House (which also has a Republican majority) at a Monday meeting. In the statement given by a spokesperson it was reiterated that the federal government should have ‘the lead on making pharmaceutical policy.’

One of the parents tried to get through to the Republican majority:

“From one grandparent to another, don’t let me lose my Lorelei,” said Nadzam, his voice breaking, of his 6-year-old granddaughter.

If the bill, which remains in the senate Law and Justice Committee, were passed, medical doctors could prescribe marijuana to strictly qualified patients, much the same as similar bills in other states (20 and counting, now) which allow medical marijuana use for only certain diseases.

Florida’s Supreme Court has approved placing a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot to make it the first state in the South to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

Hopefully, this will help Pennsylvania voters get their bill passed as well. About 85 percent of people polled by Quinnipiac University believe doctors should be able to prescribe medical marijuana, but the Pennsylvania Medical Society opposes the bill.

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