A bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate that would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients and allow the creation of a statewide system of “Compassion Centers” where patients can get their medicine.
The bill is basically being re-introduced since it is very similar to a bill that was circulating in the legislature last year. SB 1003 is sponsored by State Senators Daylin Leach, Larry Farnese, James Ferlo and Wayne Fontana.
Last year’s bill spawned hearings that featured testimony from some heavyweights in the medical community, including world-renowned pathologist Cyril Wecht who testified before the Health and Human Services Committee in August 2010:
“I have personally performed 17,000 autopsies and reviewed 36,000 other postmortem protocols signed out by pathologists throughout the United States. I have never attributed a death to marijuana overdose, nor have I ever seen such a death certificate issued by any coroner or medical examiner.”
So what is the harm in allowing sick people the option of medical cannabis? It’s certain that the bill has public support, but that support must be turned into phone calls and emails and letters to the PA Legislature.
Polling conducted by Franklin&Marshall in 2010 showed that a striking 80 percent of residents support passing a medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania.
More information on the statewide effort in support of safe access to cannabis at www.pa4mmj.org
PA is a heavily populated state which means there are many patients there who need relief. Spread the word and if you live in Pennsylvania make sure your local representative knows you support SB 1003.