Hey, Stoners: Today’s The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Lives

By Randy LoBasso
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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.

His statement:

"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.

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1. Anonymous said... on May 4, 2010 at 10:10AM

“Can someone l tell me the diffence betwween alchol-over the counter drugs, drugs that have a higher addict rate than marijuana can you tell me mooser”

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2. Anonymous said... on May 4, 2010 at 10:11AM

“sign me up”

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3. Anonymous said... on May 4, 2010 at 12:19PM

“I find this man's tone offensive in so many ways. These are sick people using marijuana for medicinal purposes, they are not "stoners" looking to get high and take bong hits with DJ Pauly D. You're attempt at humor has failed Randy LoBasso, next time I suggest covering a livestock fair, because you obviously have no compassion for sick human beings at all.”

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4. Sean said... on May 4, 2010 at 01:41PM

“hmm, the people who need medical marijuana are really sick and in many cases, terminally ill. Pretty sure they aren't stoners...i think you're missing the point of this legislation by a mile.”

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5. Reedman said... on May 4, 2010 at 06:45PM

“I agree that you missed the point of the proposed House and Senate bills. I am someone who would benefit from a medical marijuana law in PA. I have ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease, a cousin of Crohn's disease), cervical spinal stenosis, arthritis and other ailments. When I'm having an ulcerative colitis flareup, marijuana is the only thing that improves my appetite and reduces the abdominal pain. People need to learn that pot isn't a 'gateway' drug either. Just take a look at alcohol and cigarettes for that - both legal.”

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6. Anonymous said... on May 5, 2010 at 03:32PM

“Agreed, comments like "can take bong hits with DJ Pauly D" just feed the paranoid hysteria that legalizing marijuana for medical purposes opens the flood gates to stoners. This is a great opportunity for the commonwealth which has always been the last to be liberal in any way, especially with pharmaceutical legislation. So, it doesn't need articles saying how this representative is cool beause he is going to be "hip" with stoners. If that was the case, the representative has a horrible campaign manager since we all knwo stoners are too lazy and "high" to actually vote. The representative is most likely doing this to finally allow those people with the worse conditions enjoy something as simple as eating without throwing it up and to fuel the "munchies" while people watch Half Baked. Also, by legalizing this, the state can tax it and make more revenue to prevent the further cuts in the budget, especially to the arts and education of the commonwealth.”

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