By Steve Esack and Tim Darragh, Call Harrisburg Bureau
8:58 p.m. EST, January 28, 2014
HARRISBURG — Sydney Michaels wore a pink jogging suit, a pink eye patch and a feeding tube that sustains her life.
With hands folded, she sat quietly on her dad’s lap as he patted her service dog and her mother used a microphone to urge lawmakers to support a bipartisan bill the small-town family believes will help Sydney overcome the epileptic seizures that could one day kill her.
"Sydney is now 4 years old and is stuck on three anti-epileptic drugs which offer her no relief," Julie Michaels, of Connellsville, Fayette County, said Tuesday at a rally at the state Capitol. "Senate Bill 1182 will give our child a chance — a chance to experience life."
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Senate Bill 1182 would legalize marijuana for medical purposes under a system of regulation and security to be developed by the Pennsylvania State Police and departments of Agriculture, Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs