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Smart Talk: Medical marijuana; Scotland independence vote; Maj. Dick Winters roundtable

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 18, 2014 3:11 PM

Photo by Mary Wilson / WITF


What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, September 19, 2014:

  • Parents whose children suffer from multiple, severe seizures each day have banded together to support the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  One parent -- Lolly Bentch -- is part of the group Campaign for Compassion.  Her seven-year-old daughter Anna has been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and has between 50 and 100 seizures each day.  Cannabis has been shown to reduce the number of seizures.  Ms. Bentch appears on Friday's Smart Talk to tell her daughter's story. Legislation could be voted on by the State Senate next week.
  • The bill's future is far from certain since some lawmakers would rather have the federal Food and Drug Administration decide if cannabis is a safe medication.
  • Also, voters in Scotland went to the polls Thursday to decide whether to declare their independence from Great Britain.  Ken Millage, president of the Scottish Society of Central Pennsylvania joins us with reaction to the vote and a look at Scotland's future.
  • Major Dick Winters has been recognized as an American hero after he and his company in World War II were portrayed in the HBO film Band of Brothers.  A Remembering Dick Winters Roundtable will be held Saturday afternoon in Ephrata -- his birthplace -- to discuss the real Dick Winters, by those who knew him.  Two of the participants -- Bill Jackson and Bob Hoffman -- remember Major Winters on Friday's Smart Talk.
  • Finally, WITF's Mary Wilson will have the Capitol Week in Review.


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