Governor Suggests Support for Medical Marijuana

Published 05/01 2014 05:20PM

Updated 05/01 2014 05:29PM

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - Governor Corbett suggests he may support the medical use of marijuana. The governor and first lady met Thursday with parents who say their children need to use medical marijuana to treat severe seizures disorders.

His office said Corbett proposed several solutions, including new legislation that would allow a research-based pilot program with leading children's hospitals in Pennsylvania. The pilot would provide access to treatment for affected families and further scientific study of the use of cannabidiol, (CBD), an oil derivative of cannabis that is taken by mouth.

"I have been looking at this issue extensively over the past few months and listening to many perspectives," Corbett said. "I have heard the concerns and heartbreaking stories of these families and want to help. However, we must address this issue in a way that helps these families, but also protects the public health and safety of all Pennsylvanians."

The governor said his administration is committed to helping develop a medically resonsible solution for the families.

"I look forward to working with the legislature to help these children," said Corbett. "We can develop a responsible solution if we put politics aside and work together."

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