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Corbett backs marijuana extract treatment for kids

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2014 1:27 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is changing his position on a narrow element of medical marijuana policy and is backing the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children.

Corbett says he wants to help families who believe the oil extract called cannabidiol can save their childrens' lives.

Corbett had been under pressure from state senators and parents of seizure-wracked children. Democrats running to challenge Corbett in the fall election favor a broader legalization of medical marijuana.

Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says the governor's plan would allow cannabidiol to be dispensed by research-based hospitals with medical professionals who are experienced in treating children with severe seizure disorders.

However, Dana Ulrich, whose 6-year-old daughter suffers from severe seizures, says Corbett's position is so narrow that it won't help everyone who needs it.

An earlier story is below:

Governor Corbett is changing his position on medical marijuana and is backing the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children.

Corbett's office confirmed to The Associated Press the Republican governor is meeting with several parents to tell them about his decision. 

Corbett had been under pressure from parents who believe the oil extract, called cannabidiol, can save the lives of their seizure-wracked children. Democrats running to challenge Corbett in the fall election also favor the legalization of medical marijuana.

Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says the governor's plan will need approval from the Legislature. He says cannabidiol would be dispensed by research-based hospitals with medical professionals who are experienced in treating children with severe seizure disorders.

Earlier this week, supporters of marijuana used to treat seizures threatened to sit-in at the Governor's office.

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