PA Lawmakers Push for Medical Marijuana

06.11.14 | FL News Team

A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be ready for a state Senate committee vote this month, supporters say.
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.The medical treatments could contain the entire marijuana plant -- not just an oil extract, as has been discussed recently by advocates in talks with Gov. Tom Corbett's administration.Folmer expressed confidence the bill could pass a vote in the full Senate, but may not pass the House, as GOP leaders oppose legalizing what some feel is a "gateway drug." Gov. Corbett, meanwhile, has softened his position on medical marijuana somewhat, announcing his support for a pilot project that would involve the use of a marijuana extract at children’s hospitals.