Speaker Appoints Mother/Attorney to Medical Marijuana Advisory Board
HARRISBURG – House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) today announced his appointment of Jennifer Anke Shuckrow to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Shuckrow is a 1994 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, a former practicing attorney and college administrator, and the mother of a child with an intractable form of epilepsy.

Jennifer and her husband, Alan, live in Pittsburgh and are the parents of two children, Zach and Abby. Abby suffers from hundreds of seizures daily, each of which creates the equivalent stress on the body of running a marathon.

“Looking at this from a broad perspective, we need to ensure the law is implemented in a thoughtful and judicious manner, while also addressing the needs of suffering Pennsylvanians – both kids and adults,” Shuckrow said.

By statute, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board is comprised of 15 members who are knowledgeable and experienced in issues relating to the care and treatment of individuals with serious medical conditions; geriatric or pediatric medicine; or clinical research. Turzai, as speaker of the House, is responsible for the appointment of one board member.

“Jennifer will bring an objective, commonsense perspective to the new state Medical Marijuana Advisory Board,” Turzai said.  “Jennifer’s legal background and firsthand experience with her daughter make her a uniquely qualified candidate for this role.”

The board’s mission is to review Pennsylvania’s newly created medical marijuana program, gather evidence from other states with medical marijuana programs, and work with key stakeholder groups. The board must submit a report summarizing its findings, including policy recommendations, to the General Assembly and the governor. The report is due by May 17, 2018.

Representative Mike Turzai
The Speaker
28th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Stephen Miskin
RepTurzai.com / facebook.com/RepTurzai
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