Points to ponder
Whether legal recreational use of marijuana becomes more common likely will depend upon the unfolding experiments in Colorado and Washington.
The question of whether cannabis should be used for valid medical treatments is far less complex. Pennsylvania should join the states that allow it.
A bill to allow medicinal marijuana use, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act has been introduced in the Senate, where the Law and Justice Committee will conduct a hearing today.
It's sponsors are Sen. Mike Folmer, a Lebanon County Repubilcan and cancer survivor, and Sen. Daylin Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat.
"I believe under the guidance of a medical professional, patients should have every opportunity to combat their illness and have the liberty and ability to use cannabis as a weapon in their arsenal of treatment," Mr. Folmer said.
In states that allow it, marijuana sometimes is prescribed for cancer patients to stimulate appetite and diminish pain, often with fewer and less severe side effects.
Mr. Leach wants to legalize medicinal marijuana so that drugs derived from it may be used in Pennsylvania for treatment of children's seizure disorders. He has launched a social media campaign featuring children who have benefited from the treatment. (#MeetThePAKids)
Gov. Tom Corbett opposes any legalization of marijuana. But if the Legislature passes a bill based on sound science, he should sign it.