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Medical Marijuana Rally In Cranberry, Pennsylvania


pennsylvania medical cannabis societyThe Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society (PAMCS), along with many concerned state residents, including those suffering from diseases which could be treated with medical cannabis and their families, will be rallying at the Regional Learning Alliance and Conference Center, in Cranberry Township, 16066 on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 4 pm.

More than two weeks ago, the House Rules Committee voted to place SB3 on the legislative calendar, but it still has not received a vote. “While we support Leader Dave Reed’s efforts to gain consensus within his caucus, it’s now time to go forward with a clean bill that is not hobbled by unnecessary amendments,” said PAMCS Executive Director, Patrick Nightingale.

Patients and their families were repeatedly promised a medical cannabis bill would be passed this year and that it would not to be a part of the Budget negotiations. “Every time there is a delay in moving SB3, they tell us that they are consumed with the Budget. In the meantime, they passed over 15 bills since October 31st,” said Heather Shuker, mother of 12 year old Hannah, who has intractable epilepsy.

Along with Nightingale and Shuker, other speakers will include:

  • Dr. Cyril Wecht, renowned pathologist, on the latest medical research
  • Brandon Genescritti, a little person who uses medical cannabis to treat his chronic pain due to renal failure
  • Rich and Becky Witwer, parents of Grace, who died Nov. 11th from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)
  • Joe McGurk, father of 2 beautiful girls who both suffer from a catastrophic form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome
  • Lolly Bentch, Co-founder of Campaign for Compassion, and mother of Anna who suffers from severe epilepsy

The PAMCS strongly encourages any Pennsylvanians who support Medical Cannabis to attend. With Gov. Wolf ready to sign a bill that gets to his desk, a bill that best supports the patients who need it is our primary goal. As Executive Director Nightingale said, “We need to make sure that the bill that gets to the Governor’s is worth the effort and worth him signing it.”


The Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society (PAMCS) is a non-profit organization of medical cannabis industry professionals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PAMCS consists of industry professionals working together to: represent the PA medical cannabis industry in public venues including the government, private sector, and the media; provide members with timely information, expert services, and professional support on medical cannabis issues; and advance medical cannabis policy, science, education, and ethics.


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  1. saynotohypocrisy on

    You could be right about that. Then again, some of them would do neither, they would just let their child die if cannabis was the only way to prevent it. Some of them would even die themselves before they would use MMJ

  2. No, they’d just break the law like they do with their recreational drugs. They still wouldn’t give us access.
    This is an oligarchy, not a democracy (or even a republic)

  3. Gay marriage was not passed legislatively. SCOTUS overturned DOMA and ruled that banning gay marriage is illegal discrimination.

  4. Gay marriage was not passed legislatively. The SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) overturned DOMA and ruled that banning gay marriage is illegal discrimination.

  5. Actually, Actiq (OTFC- Oral Transmucosal Fentanyl Citrate; “fentanyl lozenges”), are part of a REMS program that makes it nearly impossible for pain patients (with or without cancer) to get a valid prescription. My oncologist’s office discharged me because he tried to prescribe me Actiq after the REMS program started. I also had an ER doctor write me a script for them because the ER couldn’t prescribe enough Sublimaze (They’re limited to 50mcg/dose (100mcg/dose with 2nd doctor’s sign off)- I was previously using 1.6mg/1600mcg Actiq with great results).

    So, it isn’t true that ANY physician can prescribe Actiq, but your point is still valid.

    With the rampant opiophobia, we need another option. Many pain patients in my support groups have been forced to resort to Heroin because of the DEA illegally regulating medicine. I recently lost my PCP who was handling my pain management. I was discharged with a 90 day supply. When that runs out, I’m left with the following options:
    1) magically find a new doctor to prescribe
    2) purchase my medication on the streets (very expensive at my dose)
    3) switch to Heroin like so many others have
    4) lie my way into a methadone program (due to disability, the daily appointments aren’t going to be easy- also this only provides 1 daily dose when you need 3-4 for pain)
    5) allow my body to go into withdrawal and die*
    6) taper my dose and allow the pain to kill me [Intractable Pain causes heart attack, stroke, etc]

    As everyone advocates for cannabis, please be careful about how you do it. Cannabinoids are valuable therapeutic agents, but so are opioids.
    Whether or not they pass medicinal marijuana, I don’t plan on options 5 or 6 without weed. Maybe I’ll get lucky and the cannabis will keep me alive, maybe it will make the transition easier. Either way, I’m done letting these “representatives” dictate my life.
    *My MED (Morphine Equivalent Dose) is 1500mg [300mcg/hr Duragesic + 120mg/day oxymorphone]

  6. I have ptsd and I can’t function with out my medical cannabis , ,please Lord jesus make the approval of this law

  7. Closet Warrior on

    Gay marriage was pushed through quickly because of the backlash generated due to human rights-People dying is a bit higher up on the latter! Even though both the LGBTG community and the stoners are persecuted a variety of ways, MMJ patients w/out their meds tend to not fair well or even die. Not a LGBTG or Pennsylvania basher, just so Damn tired of reading about another death due to neglect!!!!

  8. But gay marriage is legal. Congress pushed that through quickly.
    Why is Congress/Obama stalling on removing Cannabis/Hemp from Schedule 1?

  9. The AMA., ASCO, AAAS, and Surgeon General Murtha, to name just a few, want Marijuana taken off of Schedule 1. The current situation is insane. Any Physician can prescribe Fentanyl, including Fentanyl lollypops, but in 27 states can’t prescribe Medical Marijuana, which has an unmatched safety profile and is physically impossible to die from an overdose of.
    We’ve got to get the laws changed.
    If you’re not working for the legalization of Marijuana, you should be.
    If you are, work harder.

  10. Hardly a day goes by without us finding out more benefits of Marijuana.
    The Israeli’s, the world’s leaders in Medical Marijuana Research (since about 3000 BC :-) say it best —
    Marijuana is a “Gift From God” — “Tikkun Olam” — “To Heal The World”
    Tikkun Olam is a beautiful concept.
    It says that it is everyone’s responsibility to help “Heal The World”
    The closest translation in English is “Social Justice”
    The Spanish are another group that have done excellent work in Medical Marijuana
    Goggle Manuel Guzman Nature Cancer Reviews
    Then there are the Brits — They now own a lot of Medical Marijuana Drug Patents — Google GWPH
    Go to the USPTO web site and you’ll find out where your co-pays are going to be going for Marijuana derived
    drugs — most of them are going to go to GWPH – thank the idiot’s in Washington for that fact. :-)
    The Italians are using their Army to help grow Medical Marijuana for their Cancer Patients.
    It may be their best idea since they imported the idea of Pasta from the Chinese. :-)
    Countries around the world are embracing Medical Marijuana at their national level.
    Its long past time we did too.

  11. I’ve got a brain tumor and a lot of pain. I wish these MOTHER F&*#ERS would just pass it. its not their body.. plus its not even harmful.. just let us have our GOD GIVEN medicine

  12. saynotohypocrisy on

    Life and death, but not for anyone they care about. These prohib legislators would fix this in 2 seconds if one of their kids needed MMJ for epilepsy. And everyone knows it

  13. saynotohypocrisy on

    Who claimed that it’s a cure all?

    But it is known to do excellent on the safety factor, as a medicine without significant risk factors. Millions of people are using MMJ in this country. Where are the reports of adverse reactions? Hmm? It’s far safer than the medicines that the PA AMA avidly embraces. Why don’t you and they worry about the toxic concoctions big pharma is shoving down people’s throats? Stuff that comes with a whole laundry list of serious adverse reactions.

  14. The legitimate research about cannabis medical treatments for children is significantly lacking, so insisting that it’s the safest cure all on the planet doesn’t make it so.
    The feds need to reschedule it in order for more expansive research can be funded and conducted.

  15. Closet Warrior on

    Just like Pennsylvania government to push back real issue such as life or death matters and needless suffering to further their agendas-15 other issues. Good job assholes

  16. saynotohypocrisy on

    The last poll of PA voters showed close to 90% support for MMJ. The perverted creeps who are taking medicine out of the mouths of children are assaulting democracy when they brutalize children . They are truly the fascist scum of the earth. Maybe the only way they’ll learn compassion is if they or someone they do care about needs some herbal cannabis.

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