Pennsylvania State Sen. Leach introduces medical marijuana bill

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May 12, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: State Sen. Daylin Leach introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana, effectively reopening the debate in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Leach held a press conference on May 7 to announce the bill, known as the "Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act." It would allow physicians to prescribe the drug to eligible patients, including those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and other ailments.

In announcing the bill, Leach stated, ""It's long past time we move beyond the misinformation and ancient wives' tales and allow people to have the medicine that will make them feel better. Medical Marijuana has been proven repeatedly to help people who are desperately ill. It is nothing more than gratuitous cruelty to deny it to them."[1]

A similar bill was introduced in the House last year by Rep. Mark Cohen. It is currently being deliberated by the House Health and Human Services Committee. Presently 14 states and the District of Columbia have doctor supervised medical marijuana programs.[2]

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