Essential Pittsburgh
9:41 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Thursday Rundown: Could PA be the Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana dispensary in California
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Legalizing Medical Marijuana in PA
For the first time in the state Senate’s history a medical marijuana bill has been drafted with bipartisan support. A poll conducted last year shows state residents support the use of medical marijuana. New Hampshire and Illinois legalized it last year. Could Pennsylvania be next? We'll discuss the issue with State Senator Daylin Leach who, along with State Senator Mike Folmer, introduced the legislation earlier this week. Also taking part in the discussion is Heather Shuker of Valencia, Butler County, mother of a 10-year-old girl with intractable epilepsy who says her daughter is in "desperate need of medical marijuana," and Patrick Nightingale, an attorney for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

New Girl Travels to Quebec City
Our intrepid travel contributor Elaine Labalme continues her trek through the great white north. This week she takes us to Quebec City, capital of the province. While it’s a little more rustic than Montreal, it’s rich in history.

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