Medical-marijuana advocates meet with Gov. Wolf

HARRISBURG – As state lawmakers returned to session this week, advocates for allowing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania put on a full-court press.

Holding signs, they waited in the hallways and stairwells of the state Capitol as the state House of Representatives prepared to begin debate on a proposal to launch a medical marijuana program.

The goal was simple, said Luke Shultz, an advocate from Bernville. Supporters wanted legislators to see the faces of the people who have been waiting years for access to the medicine they hope could help them or their family members.

After hours of debate Monday, lawmakers approved a key amendment, putting the bill on track to approval. And Tuesday, as they gathered for a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf, Shultz and other advocates spoke with a new sense of optimism that the message had gotten through.

“I think they finally realized we’re not going to go away until this gets resolved,” Shultz said. “Together, collectively, we’re a force to be reckoned with.”

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