Advocates, parents urge Pa. House to act on medical marijuana

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 13, 2016 11:36 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures are urging the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to pass legislation in the coming hours to make their state the 24th to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Christine Brann said Wednesday that every day without a medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania is a risk for people who believe their suffering child may not survive another day.

Brann's 5-year-old son is diagnosed with Dravet syndrome.

Gov. Tom Wolf supports a bill passed Tuesday by the Senate that made minor changes to legislation approved in the House last month.

It wouldn't take effect for a month.

The legislation's drafters expect it would take two years to write regulations and get retailers opened, but a safe harbor provision allows parents to legally buy medical marijuana from another state for their child.

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