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Thursday
Mar252010

Yes on PA HB 1393

    I was a proud graduate of the D.A.R.E. program when I was a child. I have since learned that like the national office of drug control policy, telling the truth isn't the job of law enforcement or government agencies. Their job is to reduce the use of certain substances whether the substance is actually harmful or not. They are paid lobbyists, nothing more. They lie and propagandize people, spreading fear when they should be spreading the truth. Now I despise their kind just as everyone should because having the truth is the only way to make an informed rational decision. Don't treat people like children, telling them lies, and them expect them to trust you when they find out the truth. Legalize and tax marijuana because its prohibition is based on lies, nothing more. If you care to find out the truth it isn't hard, but beware, you will resent your own government afterward for their lies.

    The AMA, along with every other medical association has approved of medical usage of cannabis. They've also all published findings that show there's no negative health risks associated with regular cannabis use. The government simply continues to ignore these scientific findings and promotes their own profit-mongering lies and propaganda.

    I believe it is unconscionable to deny this effective medicine to sick and dying patients.

    My first introduction into the dark world of drugs was tobacco then alcohol, but of course you will find very few politicians with the courage to fight these industries, especially when these organizations are directly responsible for keeping politician’s wallets fat. Shame on you politicians! You have spit on the public trust.

    Fourteen states - Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. These laws are operating primarily as lawmakers intended and have not led to widespread abuses among adolescents or adult recreational users. Locally, nearly six out of ten Pennsylvania voters support HB 1393, according to a December 2009 poll.

    In York, Pennsylvania under a clear blue sky about 40 supporters, several in wheelchairs, held up signs for PA HB 1393; the still-active medical marijuana bill in the Pennsylvania legislature. Hundreds more showed their support by honking car or motorcycle horns, waiving, cheering and stopping by for information on an awesome spring Saturday.

    Chuck Homan is a driven local activist who has been leading a growing crowd of volunteers in public education efforts for PA medical marijuana. Homan has been featured in several news reports for his peaceful marches and protests in Central Pennsylvania; including at the State Capitol. His organization is called The Medical Movement and works with the statewide non-profit group PA4MMJ.

    Homan attended the December 2, 2009 House Health and Human Service Committee hearings for HB 1393. On Saturday March 20, 2010 the Medical Movement gathered at George Street & Route 30 in York PA. The weather could not have been more perfect.   For the 2010 kick-off to support the educational march of House Bill 1393, Chuck Homan was able to rally 38 people to educate the public.

www.pa4mmj.org has an easy-to-use system for PA residents to indentify and contact their legisaltors. PA HB1393 will have additional hearings before the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee by May 2010. At that time PA4MMJ expects the companion bill to be introduced in the state Senate.


    Public information seminars, marches and rallies are being planned from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. PA4MMJ is also seeking donations to purchase billboards on major Pennsylvania roadways.

    Homan is planning the next Medical Movement rally at the Harrisburg Statehouse on Tuesday 4/20/2010.

    Let’s talk about what politicians understand. Money. It should come to no surprise that for a majority of our country's history marijuana/hemp was a major cash export. Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence both sold and profited from its use. But today, we treat this substance it would rob our nation of prosperity and direction. Nothing could be more false. The projected tax revenues expected from legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is $25,000,000. Show me a simpler, safer and more compassionate path to this revenue than medical marijuana.

 


 


The bill

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2009&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1393&pn=1714

 

More information about medical marijuana in Pennsylvania can be found at

www.pa4mmj.org

http://www.phillynorml.org/

http://www.temple.edu/law/spin/forum.html

www.medicalmovement.com

 

    As you may tell I am 100% toward approving HB 1393.