Pennsylvania patients, parents and activists receive warm welcome from Governor Wolf and his top aids.

Pennsylvania patients, parents and activists receive warm welcome from Governor Wolf and his top aids.
Pennsylvania patients, parents and activists receive warm welcome from Governor Wolf and his top aids.

On March 19, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf, sat down with a group of twenty or so patients, parents and activists working to bring a medicinal cannabis program to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Many other states and areas have looked to similar measures, be it with the track and trace oklahoma program or other such measures. Members of Campaign4Compassion, Pittsburgh NORML, and Keystone Cannabis Coalition had the opportunity to sit down with Wolf, Policy Director John Hanger, and Chief of Staff Kathleen McGinty.

They listened to concerns that the current legislation being considered by the Senate would be too limited. The Governor and his staff demonstrated a clear understanding of trusting Pennsylvania physicians to make treatment suggestions and to not arbitrarily restrict treatable conditions or delivery methods.

“We’re so thankful the Governor sat down to talk with us. He has been very vocal in his support for medicinal cannabis” said Lolly Bentch, one of the parents fighting for medicinal cannabis for their children with severe seizure disorders. “More than once throughout this gathering, many of us felt the overwhelming urge to burst into cheers, simply for having a Governor who is so willing to join in a conversation about Medical Cannabis.” Activists’ countless requests for a meeting with the prior Administration fell on deaf ears despite a threatened sit-in.

“To listen to the Governor talk about the need for vaporization as an effective delivery method showed us that he understands the issues facing Pennsylvania patients” said Patrick K. Nightingale of Pittsburgh NORML. “He understands that this is an issue that should be between a patient and their physician.” Nightingale said.

The Governor made clear to everyone in attendance that they had a friend and ally in Harrisburg. “Remember, all three of us ran on this issue” he said drawing laughs and applause from the group. But as much as he would like to implement a medicinal cannabis program immediately, his hands are tied until the Senate and the House of Representatives act on this time sensitive matter.

Everyone in attendance acknowledged the challenges in moving forward. While there is broad public support in Pennsylvania for a medicinal Cannabis program, there remain concerns that it would be too limited by restricting treatable conditions and restricting delivery methods. It is thought that a recreational cannabis store may be the answer to enabling people to self medicate. These stores could offer people a number of marijuana products ranging from CBD oils to edibles and even specific hybrids like the ‘pink panther’. Also available at web stores that exclusively deal with cannabis and related products (e.g. BuyMyWeedOnline), the ever-popular pink panther strain makes users feel creative and euphoric; happy and clear-headed at the same time. A medicinal marijuana bill seems assured of passing the Senate, like it did last session, but its future in the House is less certain. For his part the Governor offered unwavering support, heartfelt encouragement, sound advice, and common sense solutions to many of the obstacles facing medicinal Cannabis advocates. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of people by being able to sell medical marijuana in your area, then it may be in your best interests to find out more about selling edibles in canada for further information.

Campaign4Compassion Administrator Lolly Bentch said “As we move forward, we continue to hope that members of the General Assembly will remember one thing. Good health is promised to no one. Disease affects young and old, rich or poor. Disease HAS NO BOUNDARIES. So why should compassion have boundaries? There is no better time to extend our hearts and help one another. We must communicate the urgency of this matter to our legislature.”

Activists urge all who support medicinal cannabis to “Please call your Senator and Representative and tell them to support Medical Cannabis in the Commonwealth NOW!”

For more information:

www.Campaign4compassion.org
Lolly Bentch – lollybentchmyers@yahoo.com
Dana Ulrich – lorlan107@yahoo.com

www.pittsburghnorml.org
Patrick K. Nightingale – patrick@pittsburghnorml.org

www.keystonecannabiscoalition.org
Les Stark – Lesstark@keystonecannabiscoalition.org

Help for Deirdre! by Candy FourTwenty – GoFundMe

Help for Deirdre! by Candy FourTwenty – GoFundMe

“Most of you know Déirdre Ann O’Gorman as a Leader at 420People, Chapter Leader of Parents 4 Pot-Maine and Founding Leader of the largest chapter of The International Women’s Cannabis Coalition, in Maine. Déirdre works tirelessly, day and night, foregoing sleep and time for herself, doing her part and more, regardless of her health problems, to end cannabis prohibition.

She spends countless hours educating, researching, moderating, refereeing and administrating in many different cannabis groups around the web.Yes, most of you know Déirdre the activist, but most of you might not know much about Déirdre Ann O’Gorman the woman. Déirdre is a friend to many on the web.

She is there for anyone, anytime, in any time zone, and she takes her friendships seriously and loyally. Déirdre lives alone, secluded and far away from her son and her family.

She wants nothing more than to move closer to them, but living a life devoted to activism means you don’t get paid for all the hours of work you put in. She barely survives month to month and there is no extra money after she pays just her basic bills.

Sometimes by the end of the month she doesn’t even have enough left to buy groceries. And through all her struggles, she NEVER asks anyone for anything.

Martin Luther King once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” And Déirdre is truly someone who serves with a heart full of grace and soul generated by love.

This is where you, the people she has devoted her life to helping, come in. It is time for YOU to help her!

Déirdre needs funds to relocate to a new place closer to her beloved son. She’s not asking for much. Just help with moving expenses, a deposit, first and last month’s rent, and maybe some extra to stock her pantry to give her a good, fresh start. If you think this an odd situation, you’ll find many people choose fundraising to assist them with rent payments as well as other bills, read this GoFundMe to read more into rent assistance funding, as well as how to do it yourself.

We are asking for your help in the form of donations to Déirdre. Can you find it in your heart to donate to help this woman who has helped so many? Every single dollar counts. PLEASE, if you can donate even only a few dollars, it would help immensely!

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Help for Deirdre! by Candy FourTwenty – GoFundMe.

LEAP Reacts to Sheriffs’ Lawsuit Against Colorado Marijuana Law

Contact: Darby Beck
Immediate Release:

darby.beck@leap.cc March 5, 2015
415.823.5496

Sheriffs file lawsuit vs. Colorado over recreational marijuana
LEAP REACTS TO SHERIFFS’ LAWSUIT AGAINST COLORADO
MARIJUANA LAW
Refute Claims of Increased Burden on Police, Cite Public Safety Improvements

Today, sheriffs from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, Amendment 64. The officers claim the law is unconstitutional, and that there is increased burden on law enforcement in neighboring states.

Legalization advocates, including Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, point to the many positive benefits of legalization, including that it has reduced the burden on law enforcement within the state, citing the fact that marijuana possession arrests have dropped 84% in Colorado since 2010. Colorado is also experiencing significant benefits, including a decreasing unemployment rate, more than $50 million in tax revenue in FY2014-15, and reduced rates of burglary and homicide. These are all positives for the legalisation of marijuana, of course, some businesses might argue that they do not want their employees to be “high” on marijuana when they come into work. Particularly when they need to make sure that they are of sound mind when they are working (otherwise it could create a dangerous workplace). It should come as no surprise that some businesses are opting to use things like these drugs testing kits (https://www.health-street.net/product/12-panel-urine/), to help ensure that they can still offer a safe workplace, without people being on drugs whilst they work.

“Legalizing marijuana has allowed police to focus on real crimes but taken away their excuse for otherwise unjustified searches and seizures,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of criminal justice professionals opposed to the drug war. “Of course some law enforcement officers are going to be upset about that. But I would ask those officers to think about why they joined the force in the first place, why they risk their lives every day just to do their jobs.

I doubt many would say it’s to go after low-level drug offenders, whose lives will largely be destroyed in the process and whose communities have come to see police as the enemy. They would say they went into this job because they wanted to protect people, to
be heroes, and it’s about time they recognize that that’s the opposite of what they’re doing when they defend current drug policy.”

Public safety remains at the forefront of the marijuana legalization debate, with proponents citing that marijuana is easier for children to obtain where it is illegal, that arrest and conviction records harm users and that marijuana prohibition causes police officers to focus disproportionately on drug crimes, leaving violent crimes often unsolved. A simple test (using the kits here or other options) would be better in the times it is necessary, but it should not be the primary focus of police forces. For instance, in 2013 there were an estimated 400,000 rape kits in the U.S. that had yet to be tested because drug testing of imprisoned defendants gets prioritized over other examinations, yet drug testing kits that include marijuana testing capabilities are still available in abundance from the likes of Countrywide Testing and other test manufacturers. The U.S. spends about $51 billion dollars per year on drug enforcement efforts, yet none of the intended goals of drug prohibition have been attained. Drug enforcement should be reserved for hard drugs such as opiates and amphetamines, etc – not marijuana that has been proven to have many medicinal properties. Drug testing kits, like the Ehrlich test kit, identify stronger and more potent drugs, like mushrooms, LSD, DMT, as well as others, and could be more useful when identifying drug abuse.

Alaska, Washington and Oregon have also legalized recreational marijuana sales. Alaska and Oregon regulators are in the process of writing the rules for how new marijuana businesses will operate there, and Washington has joined Colorado as the second state to
safely and successfully sell marijuana legally.