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(Mothers of children with epilepsy testify in favor of the legalization of marijuana for medical uses in Pennsylvania.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

(Mothers of children with epilepsy testify in favor of the legalization of marijuana for medical uses in Pennsylvania. Photo by Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A Pennsylvania state senate committee today heard testimony on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

A spokesman for the senate majority leader says the fact that a hearing was held does not indicate a groundswell of support for medical marijuana in the state senate.

But after hearing compelling testimony about the benefits, state senator Anthony Williams (D-Phila.), a member of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, said he has changed his mind.

“So I move from the skeptic opposition to… I will be co-sponsoring the bill,” Williams said today.

But moments later, Michael Fraser, VP of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, said his organization is not yet convinced.

“Until further research clearly demonstrates its safe and effective use in patient care beyond any reasonable doubt, we urge caution and we do not recommend marijuana for medical use in Pennsylvania,” he said.

The chairman of the committee, meanwhile, said he might hold more hearings but that for now no vote on the bill has been scheduled.

 

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