Medical marijuana: York rally encourages legalization
Medical and recreational cannabis proponents gathered on York’s Continental Square on Saturday afternoon
During Thanksgiving dinner last November, Tim Moose’s 11-year-old daughter told her dad she wanted the law to change so sick kids could get their medicine.
Zara, who Moose said formulated her opinion independently, was talking about marijuana restrictions in Pennsylvania. She joined her parents and 8-year-old sister, Chloe, all from Goldsboro, on York’s Continental Square for the Cannabis Reform Rally on Saturday afternoon.
Zara held a sign she made, which read “Legalize Nature,” on the southeast corner of George and Market streets as passing motorists honked and shouted encouragement to the small crowd that assembled in the name of social reform.
Many people think marijuana could be the ticket to treating post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, cancer and other life-threatening ailments.
A bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, or Senate Bill 1182, awaits action in the Pennsylvania Senate. Having cleared the chamber’s Law and Justice Committee in late June, marijuana proponents are hopeful the bill can clear the 50-member Senate shortly after the General Assembly reconvenes on Sept. 15.
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Pro-marijuana activists rally in York City Saturday
For the second year in a row, pro-marijuana activists will bring their case to York County this weekend.
Les Stark, the same activist who planned last year’s rally, said he wants to focus this time on the issue of medical marijuana.
Since the 2013 event, Stark founded the nonprofit Keystone Cannabis Coalition.
Through his activism, Stark said, he’s gotten to know a group he calls the “mama bears.”
They are the mothers of children afflicted with seizure disorders, who could benefit from the use of medical cannabis.
“We know their stories and we know their children,” Stark said. “And we see the suffering that they’re going through.”
Stark said he wants Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, which would legalize medical cannabis. State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, is the author of Senate Bill 1182.
While the coalition supports full legalization of marijuana, Stark said, the medical cannabis issue is “fiercely urgent.”
“Full legalization is not a battle that is going on in Pennsylvania right now,” he said.
Other issues: However, Stark said he’s working to bring that battle to the forefront in the future.
For example, he’s helped the Lancaster City Council to draft a proposed resolution that would urge state lawmakers to decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana and legalize medical marijuana.
“We’re hoping that York follows the lead of Lancaster City Council,” he said.
A third goal is the legalization of industrial hemp, Stark said. He said he expects several state lawmakers to propose a bill next year that would allow farmers to grow hemp under certain conditions.
The rally, which will feature several speakers, is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Continental Square.
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Nationwide, the public is divided about whether to legalize marijuana.Legalize It is a debate featuring two men at the forefront of the drug legalization discussion: Aaron Houston and Dr. Kevin Sabet on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Aaron Houston, co-founder of Marijuana Majority, is a nationally recognized expert on drug policy and marijuana law. He serves as a strategist for Ghost Group, a private equity company that owns marijuana-related technology companies. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the only full-time marijuana legalization lobbyist on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Kevin Sabet is a former three-time White House drug policy advisor and the Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. He is also the Director of the Drug Policy Institute and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. He is the author ofReefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana.
Penn State Berks reserves the right to limit the photography and/or recording of any program. The permitted or prohibited activities during a particular program will be announced at the beginning of the event and/or included in the printed program. All media requesting interviews and/or access to photograph and/or tape any program must contact the Office of University Relations at 610-396-6053.
This presentation is part of the Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.
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LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster City leaders are putting their support behind legalizing medical marijuana. The nonbinding resolution could be voted on next Tuesday and could be unanimous. At least two council members shared personal stories about loved ones battling a painful disease who should have been made more comfortable with prescription marijuana. Member James Reichenbach says recent polls council has looked at show a large majority of people in Lancaster are in support of decriminalizing it for medicinal purposes. “Technically by letter of the law will anything change once we pass it no and we understand that we’re not trying to supersede state law or federal laws were simply trying to make sure our constituents are represented in this conversation and overwhelmingly our constituents are saying we want people who are suffering to be able to get the help they need,” said Reichenbach Council members encourage anyone who wants to speak out on the issue to show up at the meeting next Tuesday at city council chambers.
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Lancaster could be one of the first municipalities in the state to weigh in on the decision to legalize medical marijuana.
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Lancaster resident Connie Guy says she has to take more than two dozen pills a day to treat her fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
She says a decision made at Lancaster City Council Chambers could be a first step to taking them all away.
“It’s going to make a huge impact,” said Guy.
A resolution is on the table that would legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize marijuana.
Still, no matter the outcome, unless the state passes it, marijuana won’t be legal anywhere in Pennsylvania.
City Council hopes that by passing the resolution, state lawmakers will see that people support it.
The next meeting on this topic is set for Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
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