Lawmakers Push To Legalize MJ for Medical Purposes
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Lawmakers Push To Legalize MJ for Medical Purposes
Posted by CN Staff on May 04, 2010 at 11:02:46 PT
By Karu Andren, Patriot-News 
Source: Patriot-News
Pennsylvania -- State Sen. Daylin Leach introduced a measure to authorize physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes Tuesday.Leach, D-Delaware County, said his proposal would limit medical marijuana use to a specific list of diseases that have proven to be reactive to the drug, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and glaucoma.
Leach's bill mirrors a proposal already introduced in the state House. Advocates point to 14 other states already allow medical marijuana use, including New Jersey, which approved it earlier this year. Twelve other states have legislation or voter initiatives pending to allow it.Under the proposal, approved patients would be given an identification card and could grow up to six plants at their home or purchase a limited amount from state-regulated centers. The marijuana would be subject to sales tax.Leach said it is unfair that people with debilitating illnesses cannot take advantage of a treatment that he said is effective, not physically addictive and does not threaten overdose but they can take prescription medications that he called more deadly, like OxyContin."Current policy is nothing short of state-mandated cruelty," he said.Several doctors and other advocates gathered with Leach and state Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia, who sponsored the House version of the proposal.Source: Patriot-News, The (PA)Author: Karu Andren, Patriot-News Published: May 4, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Patriot-NewsURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 04, 2010 at 17:30:04 PT
charmed quark
I agree. PA is an important state. 
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Comment #1 posted by charmed quark on May 04, 2010 at 17:02:08 PT
Keystone State
Maybe PA can be the keystone that holds together the medical marijuana movement for the rest of the country.
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