At a press conference on Monday, State Senator Daylin Leach, surrounded by the families of sick children seeking medical cannabis treatments, announced his intent to hold a sit-in at Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s office, unless the governor agrees to discuss legalizing medical cannabis by the end of this week.
“We are asking him to agree to a meeting by May 2nd, that’s this Friday,” said Senator Leach at the press conference. If the governor fails to schedule a meeting by the end of the week, the senator has firmly stated he plans to wait him out: “Me and the parents of these sick children, along with the children themselves, will gather in Governor Corbett’s office, and we will not voluntarily leave until a meeting is scheduled,” said Leach. “We will stay there, we will sleep there, and these parents will care for their sick children there. If the governor forcibly chooses to remove sick children and the parents of those children, that is up to him. But we will not voluntarily leave.”
Senator Leach is co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1182, The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, a bi-partisan bill that would legalize medical cannabis for patients suffering from cancer, seizures, muscle spasms, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS and “any other medical condition or its treatment that is recognized by licensed medical authorities attending to a patient as being treatable with cannabis in a manner that is superior to treatment without cannabis.”
Proponents have expressed confidence that the measure has enough support to pass the legislature, if only the governor, who has remained staunchly anti-cannabis, even for medical use, would be willing to let it become law.
“The only thing standing between these sick children in Pennsylvania and their medicine, is Governor Tom Corbett, who has threatened to veto any bill which helps these sick kids,” said Senator Leach. “We will come to him if he continues to ignore their immeasurable suffering.”