Under pressure, Corbett changes position marijuana extract treatment

New Pittsburgh Courier

Corbett_The_Next_Two__Broa.jpgGov. Tom Corbett (AP Photo/File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett has changed his position on medical marijuana policy and now supports the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children, his office said Thursday.

Corbett’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that the Republican governor was meeting with several parents to tell them in person about his decision. The governor remains opposed to other forms of medical marijuana, however, a spokesman said.

Corbett had been under pressure on the issue from two state senators and parents who believe the oil extract, called cannabidiol, can save the lives of their seizure-wracked children. All four Democrats running to challenge Corbett in the fall support the legalization of medical marijuana, and some parents were preparing a sit-in at Corbett’s offices if he did not agree to meet with them.

A spokesman for Corbett, Jay Pagni, said a plan…

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