July 14th, 2010, 2:12 PM
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The PA House Committee on Health and Human Services recently heard testimony from users and advocates of medical marijuana who argue that the drug should be legalized because it is effective in treating pain. the State Attorney General and members of the Senate are not likely to schedule a vote on the bill anytime soon though.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Cohen would authorize the state Department of Health to issue ID cards to patients who have been diagnosed by a physician with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer or HIV, and whose physician recommended the use of marijuana. Patients under 18 could use marijuana, as well, with the consent of a parent or custodian.

State Attorney General Tom Corbett opposes the bill warning that even the limited legalization of marijuana could compound the dangers that drugs present to society.

14 states have enacted laws that legalize medical marijuana (Date Legalized)

Alaska (1998)
California (1996)
Colorado (2004)
Hawaii (2000)
Maine (1999)
Michigan (2008)
Montana (2004)
Nevada (2000)
New Jersey (2010)
New Mexico (2007)
Oregon (1998)
Rhode Island (2006)
Vermont (2004)
Washington (1998)

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