Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, who will be the state senator for parts of northern York County after redistricting lines take effect later this year, spoke with the York Daily Record’s Editorial Board Tuesday afternoon on why he hopes to see medical marijuana legal in the commonwealth.
Folmer is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 1182, known as “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act,” which was sent back to the senate Appropriations Committee at the beginning of July. He believes that if it comes out of committee for a vote, he has gathered “a solid 45, maybe 48” senators who will vote yes.
“As a Bible-believing Presbyterian, I believe this is good for humanity,” Folmer said about legalizing the cannabis.
He wears jelly bracelets that remind him of why he is pushing for legalization. One is for defeating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease Folmer has beat into remission. Another reminds him of the epilepsy that affects some children in his district who he believes could be helped if they were able to use legalized cannabis for medical purposes.
He said that, like opponents to his bill or to legalization in general, he was uneducated on the topic until he heard the stories of “the momma bears out fighting for their children.”
He has replaced his “misconceptions” about cannabis to become what he calls “knowledgeable enough to be dangerous” and now sees the cannabis plant as one that has “very high” value for humanity and industry both.
While he would like to see more hearings and information before throwing his support upon fully legalized marijuana for recreational use, he said that he is generally opposed to prohibition.
“How has the war on drugs been working?” he asked rhetorically during the interview.
–FLINT MCCOLGAN, Daily Record/Sunday News