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Montel Williams lobbying for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Mark Walters

York Daily Record

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TV personality and actor Montel Williams will be lobbying for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana bill at the state Capitol on Thursday, according to a news release.

A 12:30 news conference will be held in the Capitol rotunda where Williams, who takes medical cannabis for multiple sclerosis, will join patients who have been lobbying for Senate Bill 3, the Medical Cannabis Act.

The bill, which would legalize some forms of medical cannabis to treat specific conditions, cleared the Senate earlier this year. It is in the House's Health Committee, where it is expected to die. Rep. Matt Baker, R-Tioga County and committee chair, has said he does not intend to consider the bill for a vote, citing studies that prove medical marijuana's ineffectiveness and a lack of FDA approval of the drug.

A town hall meeting hosted by CBS 21 will be held Thursday night at Central Penn College's conference center from 7 to 8 p.m. Williams will be part of a panel discussion that includes William Trescher, director of pediatric neurology at Penn State Hershey; Robert Campbell, president of the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists; and Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, who introduced S.B. 3 in January.

The reason for Williams' trip is that the House has a choice to stand with seriously ill Pennsylvanians or stand for backroom politics as usual, the release states.