Pa. Republican Introduces Federal Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Wants oil from marijuana to treat seizures in children.

The Patriot-News reports that U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, a conservative York County Republican, is introducing a federal bill that would legalize a marijuana oil extract for use to treat seizures in children.

The conservative York County Republican made the announcement Monday morning at a press conference where he was joined by the president of the national Epilepsy Foundation and advocates that included the mother of Colorado girl Charlotte Figi, whose successful treatment with cannabidiol oil has inspired a national movement.

The Congressman reiterated his opposition to recreational marijuana, saying the bill is intended to address a specific need.

“…these children and individuals like them deserve a chance to lead a healthy and productive life and our government shouldn’t stand in the way,” he said.

Perry’s bill will go to a committee first.