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PA Senator vows sit-in over marijuana


April 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Daylin Leach held a news conference on April 28 with Pennsylvanians who Leach said would be directly and negatively impacted by a veto of a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1182, to announce their plans to assemble in the governor’s reception room until he agrees to meet with them.

“We want Gov. Corbett to provide a confirmed date and time by May 2nd of when he will meet with me, Sen. Mike Folmer, and at least six parents of children who can benefit from this medicine. We demand, and do not think it is at all unreasonable to hold a group meeting before the end of May,” Leach said. “If not, at a time of our choosing, families from across the state will gather in the governor’s reception room until he agrees to meet. These families are desperate and tired of waiting.”

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, sponsored by Leach and Folmer, would legalize the use of medical marijuana by patients as recommended by attending physicians. SB 1182 marks the first time in senate history that a medical cannabis bill has been introduced with bipartisan support. This bill has 13 co-sponsors. A Quinnipiac Poll last month found 85% of Pennsylvanians favor the legalization.