State House to open debate on medical marijuana

CBS 21

Monday the Pennsylvania House is expected to open the debate on medical marijuana.

The bill to legalize the drug has been hung up in committees for more than a year.

If medical marijuana became available, it could help Beth McCormack who began having seizures after falling down as a teenager. Since that time, her life has been a series of black holes.

"You die for a few seconds, and it's over and over throughout the day," McCormack said.

She has tried many medications, and has even had part of her brain surgically removed.

Regardless, she's still plagued by seizures.

McCormack lives in an assisted living facility. She can't hold a job, drive a car or walk alone because of the chance she'll have a seizure.

"You can be scared to get in the shower. When I have a seizure, all my senses are gone, I'm unconscious. I can wake up from a seizure in the shower, water pounding me, pounding me. I have no idea what's going on. I don't know my name. I don't know who I am, where I am, what's going on," McCormack said.

McCormack even had a seizure during an interview with CBS 21's Robb Hanrahan.

She has talked with people from other countries who have successfully stopped their seizures with medical marijuana.

McCormack is hoping the upcoming House vote will clear another hurdle in a medical battle that, in her words, is slowly eating up her brain.

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