Medical Marijuana http://wesa.fm en 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