Medical Marijuana patients hope new bill will improve lives

Medical marijuana advocates say Pennsylvania’s new law legalizing the drug for patients will mean better lives for those struggling with illness.

Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law just yesterday. It will take effect next month thanks to bipartisan support.

Bill Anderson reported live in the newsroom after speaking with patients about how this all will improve their lives.

Medical Marijuana has been a controversial issue across the country largely due to political differences.  But today we put the politics aside and spoke to local people suffering with illness and pain that they hope our new law will finally help them address.

Alison Delizzio is 30 years old and has suffered with epileptic seizures for 20 of those years.  She's been hoping every day that something could give her relief after pretty much everything she's tried has failed.
 
After months of Political Negotiation and years of debate, on Sunday Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Carol Delizzio, Alison’s nom, is thankful for the chance to see if medical marijuana will help her daughter.

For many it was a day to celebrate a legislative victory but for those like the Delizzio's who have personal experiences the emotions run much deeper. 

Carol says even a few days without seizures would be a miracle.

Pennsylvania's law will be one of the most restrictive in the country.  Limited growers, available only in pill, oil or vapor form and only for people with 17 identified illnesses. Still, Alison is hopeful this step could finally help her get closer to a normal life.

Alison wants school, a job, to see her friends and hopes medical marijuana can help her get those things.
 

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