Pa Lawmaker Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill

07.29.14 | Sarah Harnisch


U.S. Congressman Scott Perry from Pennsylvania introduced the bill Monday-that would legalize the oil form of marijuana-in the House. Because it's a federal bill, if enacted, it would take effect in both New York and Pennsylvania. Perry says he did it-- on behalf of kids that suffer seizures. The bill was conceived because of a small girl named Charlotte Figgy in Colorado-- the first documented child to use cannabis oil for seizures. She went from having 300 seizures a day-- to 3 or 4 a month. Opponents say marijuana is a gateway drug, and that makes it dangerous. There is a bill in the works that would legalize all forms of medical marijuana in the works in Pennsylvania-- even smoking it. That bill is expected to be heard in the fall.