Church leaders rally for medical marijuana

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Church leaders from across the state showed their faith in medical marijuana during a rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.

The leaders demanded passage of a bill that would allow people people with cancer, epilepsy and other illnesses to legally use medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.

Denying marijuana as a treatment to the ill, they said, is unjustly cruel.

“I will speak and speak again until this cycle of abuse is ended,” Rev. Theodore Cockley of Williamsport said. “I will speak until compassion triumphs over inaction, and I will speak until the voiceless win and this legislation becomes law.”

“The truth behind the use medical marijuana is pretty indisputable, and our legislators need to take that into consideration and the obvious fact that it is compassionate,” said Rabbi George Stern, director of the Jewish Social Policy Network.

A bill to legalize medical cannabis overwhelmingly passed the state Senate in May, but is awaiting a vote in the House.

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