Pa. pot proponents buoyed by legalization votes

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm •  Published: December 25, 2012
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Goldstein cited a May 2010 poll by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster showing that 80 percent of Pennsylvanians favored the medical use of marijuana.

"It's a bipartisan issue," he said. "I don't think that legislators can make it a back-burner issue any more."

But Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's spokesman, Kevin Harley, said Corbett would veto any legalization bill, even if it were limited to medical purposes.

"He believes that smoking marijuana is a crime, should remain a crime and that marijuana is a gateway drug," Harley said.

State Rep. Mark Cohen, a Philadelphia Democrat who unsuccessfully sponsored medical-marijuana bills in the last two legislative sessions, said he would introduce similar legislation in the next session but he is not optimistic about its prospects.

Cohen said the proposal lacks support among his fellow Democrats and has no support from the Republican majority.

Unless that changes, "it's obvious we don't have the votes to pass it," he said.