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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Medical Marijuana For Pennsylvanians?

Hearing on PA's Proposed Medical
Marijuana Bill Set for Wednesday

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday to debate HB 1393, the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

Introduced by Rep. Mark B. Cohen, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, HB 1393 would allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana without fear of arrest or jail if their doctor has recommended it. Qualified patients who register with the state would be able to grow six plants or purchase marijuana through compassion centers, and sales of medical marijuana could be taxed, according to the bill.

The entire text of the bill can be read here.

36 comments :

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!

Oz said...

Unbelievable... :(

Anonymous said...

Shaweeeeeeeet

Anonymous said...

This is ludicrous. Simply an excuse for potheads to use. This is a very slippery slope...

Anonymous said...

roll it up light it up smoke it up inhale , exhale

Anonymous said...

Just what we need, more pot heads. But by them smoking their pot, we will see more lung cancer. So who is right?

Anonymous said...

Read the studies, It may just prevent lung cancer according to recent studies and it beats the hell out of people running around like zombies on pain pills, when it can give as much relief. Simply ask the people who use it for pain and cancer patients, etc. The government has done a good job to portray it in a bad light, but it has very positive medical uses. I would rather see you relaxing smoking pot than acting like an idiot on beer or booze.

Anonymous said...

slippery slope!?

THIS IS JUST AN EXCUSE FOR PEOPLE TO BREAK THE LAW AND POISON OUR TOWNS!


seriously? Say no to medical mj bills. Say YES to ending the prohibition entirely.


Land of the free?
Whoever told you that is your enemy.

Anonymous said...

no to pot

Anonymous said...

10:5

Mr Realistic said...

The people on here that are for this law may think t will be great, but I'll bet that they don't understand anything about all of the added restrictions hat will come with this. It isn't like you can just go to any doctor and get a prescription for pot, but this will definitely make the prices of marijuana go up substantially with the government getting tax money from it and selling permits to grow it.

You can read all of the studies that you want. For every one that says pot is good I can show you one that says it is bad. It comes down to the plain and simple fact that pot influences your thinking and impairs your judgement. I'm not saying it is any better or worse than the alcohol or pain killers. This just gives the government another source of tax money and regulation.

Anonymous said...

Everyone talks about how pot is so bad. Look at the drugs doctors prescribe to people everyday (oxycontin, vicodin etc...) and you tell me why pot should not be prescribed. Also, anyone that smokes cigarettes, drinks alcohol, or even drinks caffeine YOU are doing more harmful drugs than pot. So stick that in your shot glass.

Anonymous said...

Oxycontin (synthetic heroin) for cancer..or marijuanna? You decide which sounds better

ECO said...

Look at it this way If older people started using medical marijuana there would be a decline of narcotics that the younger generation could steal. If we get rid of them narcotics we would not see the harmful side effects or overdoses we have in the past.

Anonymous said...

ok, say they pass the "pot Bill"

who is going to say when they can drive a car after they have smoked?

test your blood like they do with beer?

this just opens another can of worms.....

Anonymous said...

Other states have passed this law...TAX it!!!

Anonymous said...

Man, some of you have been so blinded by false marijuana propaganda. We're not talking about selling lefties at your local corner market! We're talking about providing natural, herbal relief for terminally ill cancer patients.

The above statement isn't going to cut through your thick, dumb skull. So let me put it like this. Many cancer patients are perscribed Fentanyl. (Fentanyl: it's about 80 times as powerful as morphine). Lets be honest. Unfortunately many kids today will steal pain meds from their parents, grand parents, or any other source. Would you rather they obtain Fentanyl or Marijuana from their poor, dying grandparents?

Anonymous said...

Legalize it, tax it, regulate it.

It's coming folks...the government can only make us believe the lies for so long.

The public is getting wiser. It's easier now than ever to get factual information from other sources than those who have dictated our thoughts and beliefs in the past.

Pot is not evil. It's a wild plant used in that form. The drugs that doctors push on people are hundreds, sometimes thousands of times worse for your body than marijuana.

Legalize it! Besides it should be none of the governments business what I do to my body!

Amazing that women can have abortions and murder innocent babies under that argument, but I cannot smoke a joint.

Anonymous said...

to the post at 9:05. I have seen and yes ridden with people who have smoked marijuana and believe me it would be faster to walk, unlike alcohol the effects of marijuana are calming and seem to sloooowwww a person down. I say band alcohol it's a horrible substance and no good has ever come from it. Say "YES" to medical marijuana :)

Anonymous said...

It amazes me, half the people that oppose marijuana legalization can be found on a saturday night stumbling around drunk out their minds.

I don't care how much weed you smoke, you're never that out of it like alcohol.

As for medical use, many of you must not realize how effective pot is for people that have no appetite.

Drugs like Fentanyl and other drugs that are opiates oftentimes make the user quite sick on top of whatever illness they are already dealing with.

Pot relieves pain, but more importantly increases appetites, and allows many patients the ability to eat and keep food down that they otherwise could not.

The benefits list goes on and on and on, and all this w/out a real shred of REAL evidence that pot is any more harmful to you than the wheaties you eat in the morning.

Maybe you Christians should trust your God, after all he did make this plant right?

Do you think he intended that we synthesize crazy drugs for people, or use the ones he provided us?

Anonymous said...

Go ahead, smoke it up! That just meand there are more good paying jobs that will caome available to us that don't.

Michael said...

There will not be more "potheads." The amount of people that smoke weed is astonishing and that won't change because of this. Illegality was never a deterrant and legalization will not encourage people to start smoking because if they wanted to they could do it now. It's very easy to get and very hard to get caught with if you simply don't take it out of your home.

The severe punishment associated with the administration's "War on Drugs" from the 80's has been one of the most failed public policies in history. We locked up so many people that now the prisons are overcrowded so rapists and child molestors get probabation because the cells are occupied by "drug dealers" serving 50 years for having an ounce of weed back in 1987. It's insane.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead, smoke it up! That just meand there are more good paying jobs that will caome available to us that don't.


WHAT???????????

Anonymous said...

Funny, I smoke weed everyday and it doesn't affect my job one bit. I work, and when I get home I enjoy a good spliff, and I don't care if you like it or not, it's my life and as far as I'm concerned this is still America and a free country. Screw you for making it illegal, I'm gonna smoke it anyway. Only thing making it legal would do is actually improve economy, let non-violent "pot" criminals become productive citizens again, and instead of deriving income from arresting people and fining them, we'd make a heck of alot more taxing it.

You're all ok with the health effects from drilling, because it'll make us money...but pot has no adverse health affects, would create as many if not more jobs and taxes, but that's not ok.

This country is whacked anymore...you all need to wisen up.

Anonymous said...

If it passes, look for all the pot heads running to their doctors claiming insane disabilities in order to get their Rx. Then see me and the other working people paying for them to sit at home all day and get high and sell their scripts to the highest bidder. (not unlike the Oxy addicts). I'd rather see it legalized all together, instead of for medical purposes. Leaves too much room for abuse. My tax dollars are wasted as is.

Anonymous said...

doctors are going to get rich because every tokehead out there will be claiming they are a senior citizen and in need.

Anonymous said...

Our Founding Fathers smoked pot. Washington grew hemp. He also grew pot for smoking. There are letters in which he discusses the seperation of the male (hemp) from the female (pot) plants. The only reason for this is to have the female plants unfertilized and therefore a more potent THC content in the buds. In the early years of our country, there were over 150K hemp plantations listed on the census. Most hemp was used in the ship building industry. Each sailing vessel used about 32 miles of rope. But the Founders smoked it as well as can be determined by reading their early papers. Life went along pretty well with no adverse effects from smoking pot in this country until William Randolph Hearst entered the scene. He became angry with Mexicans who were buying up timberlands that he wanted so he invented a smear campaign to get people from the US to hate Mexicans. He came up with the name "marijuana" because it sounded Mexican and began producing propaganda, like those films where some nice young guy smokes pot them chops up his parents. And he managed to get a lot of people to believe the bulls***. A lot of people still do today. There is no reason why pot should not be legalized, especially for medicinal purposes. When it relieves the agony of a disease like cancer better than anything else and it has no adverse side effects, people who oppose it are just cruel and ignorant.

Anonymous said...

HA HA HA 12:56...that post is hilarious!! You are a walking billboard for NOT legalizing pot...it has obviously destroyed YOUR mind. Who wrote the history books that you've been trying to read, Cheech and Chong?

Michael said...

Hey 1:22, as crazy as the 12:56 post sounds it is somewhat accurate with the exception of the mexican conspiracy twist. The Marijauna Tax Act of 1937 was based on hearings and reports from Hearst's newspapers which condemned the use of cannabis not because mexicans were buying the land but because it was a cheap, effective alternative to timber and Hearst had substantial financial interests in timber because he used wood in the making of his newsprint.

Anonymous said...

This is great news. Its about damn time

Mr Negative said...

I don't smoke pot and have actually never tried it, but I am torn on my opinion about whether it should be legalized or not. It appears to be no worse than alcohol and is not addicting like cigarrettes. Here is a good link that lists some of the pros and cons of legalization of marijuana.

http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm

Carrie said...

This is one of those situations in which I wish people who were uneducated in an area would leave their two cents out of it.

Legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes is not going to create more pot-heads. If people want to abuse it, they're already abusing it and the law is not stopping them.

The stigma of marijuana is worse than the actual drug it's self. I just can't bring myself to understand why people go around saying it's so awful when 95% of the drugs that would otherwise be prescribed for these people are must worse for their bodies and 'screw them up' so much worse.

Richard Nixon is the one that put it in the same class as heroin and other such drugs and it was against his task force's reccomendation.

Until you know someone that has a dibilitating disease such as M.S. or cancer, and realize what a vast amount of pain they endure, I'm not sure how you can knock something that could help them, especially seeing as how it's a natural substance.

And for the record, I'm totally opposed to people using it recreationally. I'm also opposed to people abusing alchohol. (And it would be interesting to know how many of you would have a heart attack if alcohol, which in my opinion impairs you more than a small dose of pot would, were deemed illegal tomorrow. You'd all be out picketing on the streets!)

PS: No, you probably shouldn't be driving while using pot, even if it's for medicinal purposes. But then again, you probably shouldn't be driving using ANY of the other medications that are prescribed for people in this medical catergory either and I don't see anyone crying foul there.

Anonymous said...

PA...will it be the new CA?

Anonymous said...

Do me a favor tokeheads, stop giving me websites that say pot is not harmful or addictive because i can give you just as many that say its bad. Why do we even comment on this? Its funny to sit here and listen to all the cheech and chong scholars try to make a case for it and for everyone else to bash it. Legalize it, dont legalize it, I dont care... the world is probably going to end soon anyway. The tokeheads are going to keep doing it and the good people of the world wont do it. What is going to change? Why even post this kind of nonsense.

Anonymous said...

"marijuana" actually lies in racial slurs directed at Mexicans. Back in the 1930's, the United States' first drug czar, Harry J. Anslinger, was on a mission to rid the U.S. of cannabis. At the time, it was political move to make sure that white people used the substances they were supposed to use: opium and alcohol. He had a somewhat racist outlook: opium and alcohol were the white man drugs, cocaine was the black man drug, and cannabis was the Mexican drug. Prior to enabling the Marihuana Stamp Act and effectively starting cannabis prohibition, Anslinger put forth tons of propaganda and racial name-calling to gain support. Internationally, marijuana is called cannabis, which is the genus of all three types of marijuana plants. Hearst sympathized with Harry J. Anslinger in his war against marijuana. Jack Herer and others argue that Hearst's paper empire (he owned hundreds of acres of timber forests and a vast number of paper mills designed to manufacture paper from wood pulp) in the early 1930s was threatened by hemp, which: 1) like wood pulp, could also be used to manufacture paper and 2) also had an advantage over wood pulp, because it could be regrown yearly as well. Between 1936 and 1937, Hearst associated marijuana with hemp in his newspapers and published many of the stories that Anslinger fabricated. Hearst played a major part in aiding the anti-marijuana movement, leading to its prohibition in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, a law which also effectively outlawed hemp.

Anonymous said...

Amen 12:05