Medical Marijuana http://wesa.fm en Medical Marijuana Bill Closer to Floor Vote http://wesa.fm/post/medical-marijuana-bill-closer-floor-vote <p><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: italic; "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bot Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 31956 at http://wesa.fm Medical Marijuana Could Get Senate Panel Vote Soon http://wesa.fm/post/medical-marijuana-could-get-senate-panel-vote-soon <p>A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be ready for a state Senate committee vote this month, supporters say.<br /><br />The bill would set up state oversight of doctors to prescribe marijuana for a range of illnesses, said Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), the Republican leading the charge for medical marijuana.<br /><br />“Whether you’re suffering from epilepsy, diabetes, various forms of cancer, post-traumatic stress syndrome – I could go on,” Folmer said.<br /> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:08:17 +0000 Mary Wilson 30687 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Now Supports Some Medical Marijuana; House GOP Leaders Balk http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-now-supports-some-medical-marijuana-house-gop-leaders-balk <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has reversed his opposition to legalizing a certain kind of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The governor said Thursday he’ll support a proposal to make it available to people suffering from debilitating seizures.</p><div><p>Spokesman Jay Pagni said Corbett shared his decision first with parents and families advocating for medical marijuana in a private meeting Thursday in Harrisburg. A notice was sent simultaneously to other families who have been advocating for legalization, Pagni said.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:34:49 +0000 Mary WIlson 28572 at http://wesa.fm Governor Corbett Gives New Support for Medical Marijuana http://wesa.fm/post/governor-corbett-gives-new-support-medical-marijuana <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania hoped a meeting with Governor Corbett might change his stance on the issue.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These advocates </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/supporters-medical-marijuana-threaten-sit-outside-corbetts-office" style="line-height: 1.5;">threatened a sit-in</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> if the governor refused to see them.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It looks like their threats paid off.&nbsp;</p><p>Despite a recent <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/pennsylvania/release-detail?ReleaseID=2014">Quinnipiac University poll</a> which showed 85% of Pennsylvania voters support the legalization of medical marijuana,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">90.5&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WESA</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Capitol Correspondent Mary Wilson said Corbett</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remained steadfastly opposed, until this afternoon.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>"Corbett is quoted in a press release this afternoon saying that he will support a bill to allow research based hospitals to prescribe this oil extract which is from the marijuana plant." said Wilson</p><p>"Of course it's going to need the approval of the legislature but the leader of the senate Republicans has said that he will support this. And that he looks forward to sending the bill to the governor's desk."</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:22:02 +0000 Katherine Blackley 28529 at http://wesa.fm Governor Corbett Gives New Support for Medical Marijuana Corbett Backs Marijuana Extract To Treat Children http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-backs-marijuana-extract-treat-children <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is changing his position on medical marijuana and is backing the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children.<br /><br />Corbett's office confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the Republican governor is meeting with several parents to tell them about his decision.<br /> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:23:23 +0000 The Associated Press 28535 at http://wesa.fm Supporters Of Medical Marijuana Threaten Sit-In Outside Corbett's Office http://wesa.fm/post/supporters-medical-marijuana-threaten-sit-outside-corbetts-office <p>Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana say they’ll stage a sit-in outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s office unless they get a meeting they’ve requested with him.<br /><br />Parents and grandparents of sick children voiced their hopes that the governor might be persuaded to support legalization with an in-person meeting. With Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), who is running for Congress, they’re demanding a response this week, or the sit-in is a go.<br /> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:02:44 +0000 Mary Wilson 28382 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Plan to Discuss Medical Marijuana Legalization Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-plan-discuss-medical-marijuana-legalization-proposal <p>Medical marijuana is expected to be the subject of an upcoming hearing at the state Capitol.<br /><br />A state Senate proposal would allow a derivative of the substance that advocates say could treat severe cases of epilepsy in children.<br /><br />Sponsoring Republican Sen. Mike Folmer of Lebanon County said he’s always thought the prohibition against medical marijuana didn’t make much sense.<br /> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:29:06 +0000 Mary Wilson 23111 at http://wesa.fm A New Push for Prescription Cannabis in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/new-push-prescription-cannabis-pennsylvania <p>For the first time in the state Senate’s history a medical marijuana bill has been drafted with bipartisan support.</p><p>A poll conducted last year shows state residents support the use of medical marijuana. New Hampshire and Illinois legalized it last year.</p><p>Could Pennsylvania be next?</p><p>Heather Shuker of Valencia, Butler County, is the mother of a 10-year-old girl with intractable epilepsy who says her daughter is in "desperate need of medical marijuana."&nbsp;</p><p>Because of people like Heather, State Senator Daylin Leach, along with Senator Mike Folmer, introduced the legislation, known as <a href="http://www.senatorleach.com/sb1182-test">SB 1182</a>, earlier this week.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:24:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22930 at http://wesa.fm A New Push for Prescription Cannabis in Pennsylvania Corbett Spokesman: Governor Has Not Changed Position on Medical Marijuana http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-spokesman-governor-has-not-changed-position-medical-marijuana <p>Gov. Tom Corbett isn’t budging from his stance against legalizing medical marijuana.<br /><br />The Harrisburg Patriot-News recently reported the governor had “softened” his position after a spokesman said Corbett would consider changing his mind if the Food and Drug Administration deemed the drug a valid medicine.<br /><br />But the spokesman later said Corbett’s stance is unchanged.<br /><br />Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, who is running for Congress, said Corbett should know the ball isn’t in the FDA’s court on this issue.<br /> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:11:08 +0000 Mary Wilson 22663 at http://wesa.fm Republican, Democrat Write PA Marijuana Bill http://wesa.fm/post/republican-democrat-write-pa-marijuana-bill <p>Two state senators, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, are planning to introduce a bill to legalize a certain form of marijuana for medicinal use in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer said Monday their bill would help ensure Pennsylvanians can get medical benefits from cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana that's credited with various medical applications without providing a high.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:47:44 +0000 The Associated Press 20041 at http://wesa.fm Polls Show Rising Support for Legalizing Medical Marijuana in PA http://wesa.fm/post/polls-show-rising-support-legalizing-medical-marijuana-pa <p>Gov. Tom Corbett won’t be budged by public opinion polls when it comes to marijuana.<br><br>Support is high for legalizing the drug when obtained with a doctor’s prescription.<br><br>But Corbett has said making medical marijuana legal will not rule out abuse of the drug, because prescription drugs are abused now. &nbsp;<br><br>"This is a gateway to many other drugs," he said. "I believe we have a drug problem in this country. We have a drug problem in the state of Pennsylvania."<br><br>Corbett made his remarks on the Radio Pennsylvania “Ask the Governor” program.<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:19:27 +0000 Mary Wilson 9858 at http://wesa.fm