Group petitions House Majority Leader to consider Medical Marijuana

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With only five days left in this legislative session a Philadelphia group is urging members of the house to consider a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. Members of The National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Philadelphia Chapter, held a press conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to gather support and present a petition to House Majority Leader, Representative Mike Turzai.

"Put medical cannabis legislation on the house agenda immediately," said Derek Rozenweig who is a member of The National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

"Should people be criminally prosecuted for taking marijuana for health related reason? I think the answer is no," said Representative Mark Cohen, Democratic Chair of the State Government Committee. He supports medical marijuana. He expects the bill to pass out of committee and possibly go up for consideration in the House sometime this week. The plan has his vote, but whether it will pass, he isn't sure. "I honestly don't know what's going to happen. I think a lot of people recognize that the time to legalize medical marijuana has come," said Rep. Cohen.

"The urgency of the situation is I think becoming clear to members of the House," said State Senator Daylin Leach. He co-sponsored the medical marijuana legislation that passed in the Senate. He cautions members of the House against amending the bill. "We have a bill that was a huge progress, but parts that are also modest. I think we can build on that in future legislative sessions but I think if we are going to get this done this year, it's got to be our bill," said Senator Daylin Leach.

7 comments

  • John Paul Crawford

    SB1182 is a bad bill that will primarily benefit big-money corporate interests. HB2424 is actually more in line with what the People want and will actually benefit the People not those moneyed interests that want to shut us out. Kill Senate Bill 1182 and throw your support behind House Bill 2424. Do yourself, and everyone else in Pennsylvania a favor, and read both bills then decide. Be informed before you make your decisions, don’t just blindly support a bad law because some corporate shill spins it to sound good!

  • Marcine Cohen

    Pennsylvania was founded with hundreds of Cannabis farms; it’s a real crime, to allow its prohibition!

  • Roger Cohen

    Republican House majority needs to be held accountable for keeping tens of thousands of ill Pennsylvanians from receiving needed medicine. Turzai’s robots need to be voted out along with Corbett.

  • James Manwiller

    The leaders of Pennsylvania that do not support legalization of medical cannabis need to take their heads out of the ass, and do some research of how this plant was vilified back in 1937 and all the lies that were told about this most benificial plant on the earth.

  • Cali Jefe

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    
Deaths by Guns: Millions
    
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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