Republican, Democrat write Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill

Posted: 4:44 PM EST Dec 24, 2013   Updated: 2:32 PM EST Nov 18, 2013

Two state senators, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, are planning to introduce a bill to legalize a certain form of marijuana for medicinal use in Pennsylvania.

Sens. Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach said Monday their bill would help ensure Pennsylvanians can get medical benefits from cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana that's credited with various medical applications without providing a high.

Folmer, a Republican who represents part of Berks County, didn't attend a Capitol news conference with Leach due to the death of his mother, but he said medical marijuana can help children who suffer from seizures and cancer patients suffering through chemotherapy.

Two Pennsylvania mothers of children with epilepsy, including a rare and sometimes deadly form called Dravet syndrome, appeared with Leach and said they believe it can help their children.