It should first be noted that all signs point to Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach, who represents parts of Montgomery and Delaware counties, being the coolest guy in Pennsylvania politics. Fresh off introducing a bill to legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania, the lawmaker will now begin a process of getting medical marijuana legalized in the Keystone. Joined by medical professionals and patients, he'll announce his new law at 11 a.m. today in the Harrisburg Capitol Media Room.
"It's long past time we move beyond the misinformation and ancient wives' tales and allow people to have the medicine that will make them feel better. Medical marijuana has been proven repeatedly to help people who are desperately ill. It is nothing more than gratuitous cruelty to deny it to them."
According to a press release, Leach’s bill is going to “mirror HB1393, The Compassionate Use Act,” which was introduced a little over a year ago by Rep. Mark B. Cohen, and is still active in the House and now has several co-sponsors.
But is there any chance of this actually passing? If Leach can let peer pressure play a role, maybe. You’ll remember the day-long tussle over Seth Williams’ announcement of marijuana, um, sort-of-decriminalization (?) in Philly. That was a step in the right direction. Many states have already legalized medicinal marijuana – 14 currently, including Colorado, Alaska, Rhode Island and Montana—and California is giving its voters the chance to swallow the bong water and go all-out Amsterdam in November.
Even our neighbors, they’re getting a piece of the pie. If you recall, before he passive-aggressively handed the title of hateful ruler to Chris Christie, former Gov. Jon Corzine signed a medical marijuana bill in Jersey. According to NJ.com, those with “cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gherig’s disease), severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and any terminal illness if a doctor has determined the patient will die within a year,” can take bong hits with DJ Pauly D.
That, and apparently 59 percent of us Pennsylvanians consider medical marijuana a good idea. We’re not making that up. Some school in Connecticut called us (well, not all of us, but 1,381 people within our borders)—and that’s what they found.
More on this as it becomes available...dudes.
Yesterday, the New Jersey Senate voted 22-16 to pass a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana. Yes, after hearing testimony from sick people, 16 people managed to vote against the bill. Not surprising, of course. First, some background: A lot of people in California buy their weed legally (under state law) in medical dispensaries; [...]
Barry the Pot-Dealing Samaritan is risking his freedom to provide a sick person with the medicine he needs to fight cancer. Prison time. Fines. A criminal record that would follow him for his entire life. But it doesn't have to be that way.
This ought to make Brendan Skwire happy: Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration. Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not [...]
Philly NORML reports on a new Quinnipac poll: Polling shows a total 59% in favor of medical marijuana, with Republicans in favor 49% to 47% against. Democrats are strongly in support with 67% and only 26% against. All regions of PA show above 50% support except Northwest PA, which shows 47% in support. Across all ages, incomes, and college education, medical marijuana remains a "good idea", with lowest polling at 56% for citizens over 55 years of age. With a sponsor in the PA Senate building support among colleagues in preparation for the introduction of a bill identical to HB 1393, these polling numbers go to show that the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania don't want to see this issue languish - they want action, and our government is responding. For the full poll and analysis, check out Philly NORML's blog....
The former DA does not care for loosened marijuana laws one bit. Here come the smears.
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