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Rep. Cohen to Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill


Nug of the Month: Aug 2008
State Rep. Mark Cohen (D., Phila.) will introduce a bill today to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania.

"There is obviously no consensus on legalizing marijuana, but there is a widespread consensus on legalizing medical marijuana," Cohen said last month. "I think there is a solid scientific case and there is overwhelming popular support."

Cohen, who will make his announcement at a 10 a.m. press conference in Harrisburg, said his bill will be similar to one being considered by New Jersey's Assembly after passage by the state Senate.

The New Jersey measure would let registered patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses grow marijuana plants for medical use or buy the drug at a licensed center. Gov. Corzine said he'd sign the bill.

Cohen has said his bill will not only require prescriptions, but also set forth a plan for regulating distribution and sales.

This month, Michigan becomes the latest state to legalize medical marijuana. A dozen other states, including California also have done so.

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