GOP Lawmakers Push Medical Marijuana

PENNSYLVANIA: Marijuana was a missed opportunity for the sick and dying. Marijuana was misunderstood.

Marijuana’s promise as an alternative medicine drew more than 100 people to Bucks County Community College on Tuesday night, and leading the discussion were two GOP lawmakers from conservative districts.

State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-10, of Doylestown, was joined by fellow Republican state Sen. Mike Folmer, representing parts of Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties. Both men argued for passage of a proposed Medical Cannabis Act, and, when pressed, both lawmakers conceded it would probably be the first step toward wider legalization.

“For 70 years, the citizens here in Pennsylvania have been lied to,” Folmer said of the effects of marijuana. “We’ve been bamboozled. The fear of this plant is just totally nuts. This should be regulated like lettuce.”