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Pa. Senate not expected to act on medical marijuana

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 9, 2014 1:39 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Paul Michaels and his daughter, Sydney, 4, of Connellsville, were one of several families that went to the state Capitol to advocate for legislation to legalize medical marijuana, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Harrisburg. Sydney's mother, Julie, says her daughter, who suffers from seizures, might benefit from oil extracted from marijuana.

(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate is unlikely to act on medical marijuana legislation before the fall, to the disappointment of about two dozen mothers, grandmothers, nurses and small children who went to the Capitol to press for its passage. me

Dana Ulrich of Lancaster County says she couldn't understand why senators won't act sooner when lives are at stake.

Ulrich's 6-year-old daughter Lorelei suffers from severe seizures and she and other advocates believe marijuana oil extracts can save the lives of their seizure-wracked children while helping treat other ailments.

The bill is in the Appropriations Committee and Chairman Jake Corman says his staff didn't have time to analyze it before senators take their traditional summer break from Harrisburg.

It lacks support from Governor Corbett and House Republican majority leaders.

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