Everyday people 'kicked their butts' in Pa. medical marijuana fight

Everyday people ‘kicked their butts’ in Pa. medical marijuana fight

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Pennsylvania’s effort to legalize medical marijuana is being hailed as a rare example of grassroots activism winning out over partisan politics and long-held viewpoints. That was the gist of state Sen. Mike Folmer’s remarks minutes after the state House overwhelming approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana late Wednesday. Folmer, a Republican from a conservative district encompassing the Lebanon area, has said that a few years ago medical marijuana was a subject he knew and cared little about. But he was swayed by a pair of mothers of children with disabling seizures seeking a Republican to sponsor a legalization bill. Folmer said he spent much of the night reading their materials, and became convinced that marijuana has been demonized as a result of politics, denying people of its medical benefits. Folmer’s bill now comes back to the Senate, which is back in session on Monday. Gov. Tom Wolf urged the Senate to act quickly and send him a bill to sign. In this video, Folmer joins mothers of sick children and other medical marijuana advocates right after Wednesday’s vote.

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