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Second hearing for medical marijuana bill held at Capitol

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The Law and Justice Committee held a second hearing on Senate Bill 1182, which would legalize medical marijuana, at the Capitol Tuesday morning.

Several people testified about why they think medical cannabis would be a good choice for Pennsylvanians, including a man who has been getting the medicine from the Federal Government for more than 30 years.

Irvin Rosenfeld held up a tin filled with hundreds of marijuana cigarettes in Senate Hearing Room 1 and told the committee that the medicine saved his life. The Florida stock broker has been using medical marijuana since the '70s to treat a bone tumor disorder.

"There was a program that started in 1977, Robert Randall was the first patient, I was number two. I was able to prove that this medicine worked better than the conventional medicines for me and somehow I won hearings before the FDA and I became the second patient. It is difficult because the Federal Government does not want people to understand that they are giving it out, so they really kind of kept it quiet," said Irvin Rosenfeld, Federal Medical Cannabis Patient.

The Federal Government considers marijuana a schedule one drug. "The Federal Government says it is schedule one and has no medical benefit, which is a hypocrisy. They have been giving it to me for this long and I am doing fantastic. I have not had a tumor grow or a new one develop since I was 21 and I am 61-years-old, " said Rosenfeld.

Senator Mike Folmer is the co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1182 and says he wants to get the bill moving to the Senate floor for a vote.

"The hypocrisy has to end, because these parents are running out time and soldiers with PTSD are running out of time. They are committing suicide. This is ridiculous. We are supposed to be compassionate people. We are supposed to be about the quality of life," said Folmer.

Medical marijuana is legal in 22 states.


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