HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than 60 protestors gathered Wednesday in front of the Department of Health building to express their concerns regarding the availability and costs of medical marijuana.
Dan Massey, a cancer survivor from Cumberland County, says a lot of people run into problems, including himself, when it comes to supply and demand.
“There is not enough product out there,” Massey said. “There are times
when my dispensary does not have what I need.”
Massey says lawmakers should permit card-carrying patients to grow their own.
“I am a brain cancer survivor who has lived longer than expected,” Massey said. “I feel that it is my basic human right to grow a plant that can extend my life, and they lack the moral authority to deny that.”
During legislative discussions, lawmakers considered allowing patients to grown their own medical cannabis, but the language wasn’t included in the final version of the bill.
Leslie Sendek came from Fulton County to attend the rally. She says people struggling to pay for medical cannabis should be allowed to grow their own.
“I want the ability to grow a plant in my yard where I know what fertilizer was on it and what pesticides were used on it, so I have peace of mind that it was produced properly,” Sendek said.
The Health Department is working to install a financial assistance option for patients who are experiencing financial difficulty. They say they can’t move forward until loan payments are made that will help to start the program.