Several religious leaders gathered this week at the Pennsylvania state capital to show support for the legalization of medical marijuana.

The church leaders have demanded a legislative bill be passed allowing the option for medical marijuana in the treatment of debilitating conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and muscular dystrophy. The clergy members pointed out that refusing cannabis, an effective treatment for several tough-to-treat illnesses, is unjustifiably inhumane.

The religious leaders request that lawmakers adopt sensible and comprehensive medical marijuana legislation to allow those suffering from debilitating conditions to have the option of using cannabis. The clergymen released a statement, which read:

“Across Pennsylvania, there are patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions for which medical cannabis has been found to provide significant medical benefits.”

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A bill to legalize medical marijuana passed overwhelmingly at the state Senate in May, but is now awaiting a vote in the House. Leaders from several different religions, across Pennsylvania, are united in showing their support.

A Quinnipiac University poll, released earlier this month found 87 percent of Pennsylvania voters support the legal use of medicinal marijuana, showing the church members that their opinions are backed by the majority of residents in the Keystone State.

“I will speak until this cycle of abuse is ended, I will speak until compassion triumphs over-inactions, and I will speak until the voiceless win and this legislation becomes the law,”

said Rev. Theodore Cockley of Williamsport.

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Photo credit: ABC27

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