PENNSYLVANIA: When the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado and Washington state in January, talk of medical marijuana reared its head and again ignited a nationwide debate about the merits of smoking pot to treat disease.
Currently 20 states and Washington D.C. allow individuals to legally possess and smoke marijuana for medical reasons.
Although Pennsylvania does not permit the use of medical marijuana, a state bill is now being debated in the Senate about whether that should change.
Now Berks County legislators like State Representative Tom Caltagirone are weighing in.
Caltagirone said he is in support of a law that makes medical marijuana legal, provided it’s helping an individual with a diagnosed illness or disability alleviate pain or symptoms associated with disease.