State lawmakers hear from backers of medicinal pot

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 28, 2014 1:25 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Parents who say their seizure-wracked children might benefit from oil extracted from marijuana went to the state Capitol as lawmakers joined the national debate over legalizing marijuana. 

The parents' visit today coincided with a hearing before the Senate Law and Justice Committee on a bill to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The hearing was ongoing today. 

The legislation would permit people with medical needs and a doctor's approval to obtain an identification card that would enable them to buy marijuana legally. 

Governor Corbett, a Republican, opposes the measure.

But Cara Salemme of Spring Grove, York County, says if the bill doesn't pass she'll leave Pennsylvania for a state that allows it to help her 7-year-old son Jackson who has seizures daily and hasn't spoken in three years.

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