Pennsylvanians continue to overwhelmingly support medicinal marijuana

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Pennsylvanians continue to overwhelmingly support medicinal marijuana

According to a Franklin & Marshall poll released on June 18, 2015, 87% of Pennsylvanians support making medicinal cannabis available to sick Pennsylvanians with a physician’s recommendation. The poll, with a 4.1% margin of error, again demonstrates that Pennsylvanians support medicinal cannabis in overwhelming numbers. Similar Franklin & Marshall polls in 2014 reflected 81% and 84%, respectively.

Even support for full recreational legalization is up in Pennsylvania, from 35% a year ago to 40%.

“We are obviously very happy that the message of reform, especially medicinal reform, is being heard by Pennsylvanians. But it is incredibly frustrating to see this kind of support and to know that one man, the Chairman of the PA House Health Committee Matt Baker can single handedly prevent medicinal marijuana legislation from moving forward. Quite literally 80% of the PA Senate voted in support of Senate Bill 3, our medicinal cannabis bill, and we are confident it would pass the full House if brought up for consideration. But Rep. Baker and some in the House Republican Leadership simply do not seem to care what Pennsylvanians think or want. And, in the meantime, Pennsylvanians suffer, relocate or risk prosecution in order to seek relief for a 100% natural and non-toxic plant.” Pittsburgh NORML Executive Director Patrick K. Nightingale, Esquire

The Franklin & Marshall poll can be found here:

http://www.fandm.edu/uploads/files/603015021960915052-june-2015-franklin-marshall-poll-release-final.pdf
For more information please contact:

Patrick K. Nightingale
partrick@pittsburghnorml.org
412.225.7959

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.

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Help for Deirdre! by Candy FourTwenty – GoFundMe.

Senate Bill Would Ease Federal Prohibition Of Medical Marijuana

Senate Bill Would Ease Federal Prohibition Of Medical Marijuana

Bipartisan Senate legislation to be announced Tuesday would shield medical marijuana patients, doctors and businesses from federal prosecution in states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and would remove marijuana from the category of most-dangerous drugs, The Huffington Post has learned.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), would deal a sharp blow to the U.S. government’s longstanding war on marijuana by banning the Drug Enforcement Administration from cracking down on patients, growers, doctors and dispensaries in states that have legalized medical cannabis. It would give military veterans in states with medical marijuana laws easier access to the drug by allowing Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical cannabis.

The legislation also would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug, which has no benefit, to a Schedule II drug, which has an accepted medical use. Rescheduling marijuana would, in effect, be the federal government’s first acknowledgement that the drug has medical benefits.

“This bipartisan legislation allows states to set their own medical marijuana policies and ends the criminalization of patients, their families, and the caregivers and dispensary owners and employees who provide them their medicine,” Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.

Under the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. has five categories for drugs and drug ingredients. Schedule I is reserved for what the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no medical value. Marijuana has been classified as Schedule I for decades, along with other substances like heroin and LSD.

While a lower schedule for marijuana would not make it legal under federal law, it may ease restrictions on research. The bill would not force states to legalize medical marijuana, but would protect states that do from federal interference.

The bill would make permanent medical marijuana protections from the DEA included in the federal spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law in December.

Currently, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and a dozen others have legalized a low-THC marijuana for medical use. All would be protected under the Senate bill. Four states, along with the District of Columbia, have legalized recreational marijuana.

The sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. States that have legalized marijuana or softened penalties for possession have been able to do so because of federal guidance urging prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations.

The Senate medical marijuana bill comes just weeks after Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced bills in the House that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act’s schedules altogether, transfer oversight of the substance from the DEA to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and regulate marijuana in a way similar to alcohol.

The senators plan to announce the legislation at a live stream press conference at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Senate Bill Would Ease Federal Prohibition Of Medical Marijuana.