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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients To Hold News Conference And Rally At Capitol


pennsylvania marijuana legislatureA group of seriously ill patients and their family members will hold a press conference and rally Monday in support of ending the wait for legal access to medical cannabis. Since early November, patients and their caregivers have spent their days in the Capitol rotunda in the “Still Waiting Room,” a simulated doctor’s office, as a way to bring attention to legislative delays. The press conference will take place adjacent to the waiting room at 2:30 p.m., followed by patients deconstructing the room to express their frustration with lawmakers. Representatives from Campaign for Compassion will be available for interviews following the event.

The Senate approved S.B. 3, a comprehensive medical cannabis bill, on May 12, 2015. Based on comments made by officials, supporters held out hope the bill would be approved at the end of summer, then in the fall, then by the end of 2015. However, a vote still has not been scheduled, and the bill now has almost 200 amendments filed.

“The end of the year has come and gone, and our patients are no closer to relief,” said Luke Shultz, a Bernville resident who suffers from chronic pain. “It’s been eight months since the Senate medical cannabis bill passed, and we’re still waiting on the House to vote on a comprehensive bill. We want them to know that it is unacceptable to allow our families to continue suffering. The time to act is now.”

WHAT: News conference and rally in support of ending the wait for legal access to medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, followed by deconstruction of “Still Waiting Room”

WHEN: Monday, February 8, 2016, 2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Main Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Harrisburg

WHO: Members of Campaign for Compassion

Additional patients, their family members, and advocates

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Campaign for Compassion is a group of seriously ill patients and their loved ones, medical practitioners, and advocates that works to educate the public about the benefits of medical cannabis and to enact a comprehensive medical cannabis law in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit http://www.campaign4compassion.com/.


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Johnny Green


  1. To all Pennsylvania and US lawmakers, court officials, and law enforcement officers—

    I am a taxpaying Pennsylvania native, Reverend, Eagle Scout, and medical cannabis user for ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have consulted with several excellent doctors and therapists, from various US states and other developed nations of the world including Germany, Israel, and Denmark— all of whom have seen that it is fitting and proper to recommended cannabis to me, including the great Dr Allan Frankel (http://www.greenbridgemed.com/ ). As a Pennsylvania native endowed by his creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, as well as a First Amendment right to freedom of religious belief and practice, I demand that my medicine and my sacrament be legalized immediately and unconditionally for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and all other applicable medical conditions, as well as for religious purposes both Abrahamic and pagan. In fact I demand that this— the safest drug in the entire human pharmacopeia— be legalized recreationally and unconditionally for all adult human beings.

    All of us have pledged allegiance to a nation with liberty and justice for all. I expect you to live and act by that pledge— at all times. Any politician, court official, lawmaker, or law enforcement officer failing to endorse liberation against Prohibition in this the Cradle of Liberty is quite simply engaged in deeply un-American activity— a traitor to our pledge as Americans and an enemy of We the People.

    Who are any of you to come between free and educated citizens and their doctors and therapists? Who are you to come between us and the gods?

    I demand that you do everything in and beyond your power to end the folly of this so-called War on Drugs immediately, and bring all of our Prisoners of War home.

    It is in the nature of war that all wars are wasteful. But not all wars are senseless.

    Yet to fight a war without applying the best available objective, empirical, scientific, and expert analyses, at all possible levels and opportunities— and without taking actions and crafting policies that implement the letter and spirit of the results of these findings— is to fight a war literally without intelligence… in both senses of the word.

    Sun Tzu dictates that to fight a war without intelligence, is to seek a guarantee that the war will be both wasteful and senseless.

    The War on Drugs is not an artful war, and it is not a war fought with intelligence— rather it is a malignant, superstitious relic from the dark ages… the World Wars, Jim Crow, and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. Begun three score and eighteen years ago, in the ashes of the First Prohibition on alcohol, this Second Prohibition has in fact proven with each passing year to be even more baseless and reprehensible than its predecessor. Looking clearly and dispassionately at the evidence, we can only rationally conclude that the War on Drugs has been a senseless waste of human lives and treasure.

    This is America’s longest war. Make no mistake— this is a real war, a shooting war, with hundreds of thousands of real deaths and POWs. And it is at the same time a fake war, a manufactured war— launched upon lies, without a scrap of evidence, and continued flying in the face of decades of reputable scientific research and good intelligence. It is also a civil war… which our own governments are fighting against the people of the world. With our own money.

    This is a war that is tearing families and friends apart, making enemies of natural allies, and pitting brother against brother.

    This is a war that all of us are losing… right now, as I write this.

    We the People will no longer respect the authority of governments, or their attendant laws and agents, that wage civil war on their own people.

    Any governing body that upholds unscientific legislation of broadly and acutely harmful effect— in this, the 21st Century— deserves not just the scorn, but even the open rebellion of its constituents.

    Total. Civil. Resistance.

    In this 21st Century, we not just as Americans but as the most powerful single community in our global human civilization will face a host of cold, hard, life and death challenges, with the highest stakes imaginable— from artificial intelligence to disease control to mass extinction to genetic engineering to overpopulation to climate change, to name a few, and on to challenges we haven’t realized or even imagined yet.

    These are wars that will have to be fought with intelligence, and the vision to plan 40 or 400 years ahead… not 4 years ahead. To meet them successfully, the challenges of tomorrow demand of us today the broad and successful implementation of scientific recommendations— at the personal, local, federal, and global levels.

    The future is far too dangerous for us to accept anything but a humanistic government that believes in science, and proceeds in its policies from that belief. Because it is the choices we make today, on scientific issues like this one, that— taken together in the vast swirling whole of human endeavor across the globe— will decide whether the future of human civilization rests in shining cities, or in drowned worlds.

    Any government in the 21st Century— particularly one as large and powerful as the United States— that does not proceed from a basis of scientific principles, is more than merely quaint or obsolete.

    It is a menace to our survival. It is a menace, in fact, not only to the long term well-being and survival of its own citizens— but it is a menace to the survival of the human species as a whole.

    It is a wasteful war to reform such governments. It is even more wasteful to tear them down.

    But it is not a senseless war.

    Sisters and brothers— citizens of the world, my fellow Americans. It is time for us to find another way.

    It’s time for all of us to end this slow burning holocaust, this World Civil Class & Race War on a Selection of Drug Users. Together. It is time to speak out, to admit, to educate, to petition, to reform, and to rebel. It’s time to medicalize and to legalize. It’s time to release, rehabilitate, and reintegrate the Prisoners of War. It’s time to be humane, to be responsible, and to move on together— to the real challenges we share. Hand in hand.

    Science brought us to the Moon and Franklin. Superstition brought us to Salem and McCarthy.

    Help us to end this modern witch hunt. Around the world. Today.

    I’ll see you in the future.

    —The Reverend Casey McCarthy


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  2. saynotohypocrisy on

    They sure are. Their contempt for patients is as grotesque as their contempt for the overwhelming will of PA voters.

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