Medical marijuana bill introduced in Pennsylvania Senate

in Marijuana in the News Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:44 pm
by 7greeneyes | 469 Posts | 1830 Points

url: hMPp://www.buckslocalnews.com/articles/2014/01/16/bucks_news/doc52d7153bd5f87169539316.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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.

“This is a drug we need to get to these kids,” Leach said. “If it were a derivative of a yucca plant, it would be in every CVS in the country.”

Leach said the drugs will not contain any tetrahydrocannabinol — the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. The drugs only will include the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol.

“We can’t even get you high,” Leach said. “You’re not smoking it. You put it under the tongue. It’s a no-brainer.”

Leach has long supported legalizing marijuana for medical use, but this marks the first time he has had bipartisan support. He and Folmer initially announced their intentions last November.

“This is a people issue,” Folmer said. “This is a health issue. This is about making sure people have every weapon in their arsenal to do battle with their disease.”

Folmer, who is recovering from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said government should not stand in the way of people’s ability to combat diseases. He said it is hypocritical to permit doctors to prescribe drugs like Oxycodone, but not medical cannabis.

“I still think there is a mass of misinformation on what my bill is trying to do,” Folmer said. “My bill isn’t about rolling up a marijuana cigarette for a child to smoke.”

Leach also supports legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, but said that is a battle for another day. Folmer declined to discuss his views on recreational marijuana, saying the debate clouds the push for legalizing medical marijuana. Only Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana.

Despite the efforts of Folmer and Leach, the bill is unlikely to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

“We don’t have any plans to consider it in 2014,” said Erik Arneson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi, R-9, of Chester.

Corbett has said he will not sign any bill legalizing medical marijuana, respecting FDA regulations. The FDA labels marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a status that restricts the clinical trials necessary for approving drugs.

The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.

Leach is among at least four Democrats running for the 13th U.S. Congressional District seat. His competition includes physician Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-170, of Philadelphia.

BHC# 711

"When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty."
Thomas Jefferson

“I am not the lifestyle police.”- (my new hero) Pitkin County, CO Sheriff Joe DiSalvo

Scroll up

Related topics Replies/new Last post⁄Views
House Removes Restrictions Preventing Veterans’ Access To Medical Marijuana
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by ozzydiodude
0 Mon May 23, 2016 11:45 pmgoto
by ozzydiodude • Views: 325
Medical Marijuana Farmer's Market To Open in L.A.
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by Grower13
1 Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:39 amgoto
by surfinc • Views: 450
Congress Votes to End War on Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by ozzydiodude
2 Sat May 31, 2014 9:26 amgoto
by Flyinghigh • Views: 509
Florida Wants Not Only Medical Marijuana but Legal Cannabis Too
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by Grower13
2 Wed May 14, 2014 10:37 amgoto
by Weedhopper • Views: 474
3-year-old is focus of medical marijuana battle
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by 7greeneyes
0 Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:18 pmgoto
by 7greeneyes • Views: 472
Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by 7greeneyes
2 Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:19 pmgoto
by 7greeneyes • Views: 441
New Hampshire House passes marijuana legalization
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by 7greeneyes
0 Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:07 pmgoto
by 7greeneyes • Views: 435
Will Marijuana Decide the Florida Governor's Race?
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by 7greeneyes
0 Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:41 pmgoto
by 7greeneyes • Views: 503
D.C. Takes Big Step Toward Ending Marijuana Arrests
Created in forum Marijuana in the News by 7greeneyes
0 Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:38 pmgoto
by 7greeneyes • Views: 496

0 Members and 3 Guests are online.

guest counter
Today were 152 (yesterday 222) guests online.

Board Statistics
The forum has 1231 topics and 21953 posts.

0 members have been online today: