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Medical marijuana advocates push for vote, but Pennsylvania Senate action unlikely before fall

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — The Pennsylvania state Senate is unlikely to act on medical marijuana legislation before the fall, to the disappointment of about two dozen mothers, grandmothers, nurses and small children who went to the Capitol to press for its passage.

Dana Ulrich of Lancaster County said Tuesday that she couldn't understand why senators won't act sooner when lives are at stake.

Ulrich's 6-year-old daughter Lorelei suffers from severe seizures and she and other advocates believe marijuana oil extracts can save the lives of their seizure-wracked children while helping treat other ailments.

The bill is in the Appropriations Committee and Chairman Jake Corman says his staff didn't have time to analyze it before senators take their traditional summer break from Harrisburg.

It lacks support from Gov. Tom Corbett and House Republican majority leaders.

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