Pro-marijuana supporters rally in Pa. Capitol

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2014 11:18 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A few hundred people who want the state to change its marijuana laws are taking their campaign to the Pennsylvania Capitol.

Speakers at the Keystone Cannabis Reform Rally urged the use of the drug for medical purposes, the production of industrial hemp and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana.

A bill pending in a state Senate committee would permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 20 states and Washington, D.C., currently allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana programs.

The bill's prospects are uncertain, and Governor Corbett has signaled his general opposition. His spokesman says that if federal drug regulators decide the use of a marijuana byproduct is safe and effective for patients, he would review their conclusions.

Some midstate congressmen have spoken in favor of an oil extracted from cannabis plants, if used for medicinal purposes.

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