HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is changing his position on a narrow element of medical marijuana policy and is backing the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children.
Corbett said Thursday that he wants to help families who believe the oil extract called cannabidiol can save their childrens' lives.
Corbett had been under pressure from state senators and parents of seizure-wracked children. Democrats running to challenge Corbett in the fall election favor a broader legalization of medical marijuana.
Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says the governor's plan would allow cannabidiol to be dispensed by research-based hospitals with medical professionals who are experienced in treating children with severe seizure disorders.
However, Dana Ulrich, whose 6-year-old daughter suffers from severe seizures, says Corbett's position is so narrow that it won't help everyone who needs it.
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Rain at times expected tonight, Friday, and early Saturday. Another fall-like blast of cool weather to follow for the weekend.
Expect unsettled weather through Saturday morning as waves of showers and thunderstorms move through the area. Some of the storms may bring heavy downpours later this afternoon.
It's still muggy out there. Things start to change tomorrow afternoon, as the rain clears out, and much cooler air moves in making it feel more like fall. Sunday is nice with a cool breeze and unseasonably low temperatures which last though early next week.