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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

On marijuana issue, Corbett's still passing

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 12, 2014 11:04 PM
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Not to harsh your buzz, but Gov. Corbett isn't changing his position on marijuana. A recent report characterizing the governor as "softening" his position on medical marijuana is all smoke, no fire.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News report quoted the governor's spokesman, Jay Pagni, saying Corbett might consider supporting medical marijuana if the federal Food and Drug Administration deemed it a legitimate medicine. It suggested the administration was backpedaling. Pagni disagreed.

Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), who sponsors a bill to legalize medical marijuana and is also running for Congress, criticized the governor for waiting on the federal government to change drug policy. Leach said defending one's opposition to medical marijuana based on the fact that there's little research on marijuana as medicine shows circular logic.

"What we have now is a catch-22... there's no evidence because there's no clinical trials and there's no clinical trials because it's a Schedule 1 drug," Leach said. "And it's a Schedule 1 drug because there's no clinical trials showing that it has medical value."

Schedule One is the legal classification for the most dangerous and abuse-prone drugs (the makeup of such categories is determined by federal agencies and Congress. Marijuana populates a category shared by heroin, as well as drugs commonly known as LSD and ecstasy.

Leach scoffed at the notion, suggested by Pagni in the Patriot-News article, that the FDA could approve medical marijuana before it is legalized nationally as a valid medical treatment. "We're not going to be getting some letter from the FDA," Leach said. "That's not how this works. What we have is a letter from the attorney general saying the states can do this."

Last year, the U.S. attorney general told state attorneys general that the federal government would decline to challenge states that legalize marijuana, provided such legalization is accompanied by a "strict regulatory scheme."

Leach, along with Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) is sponsoring a bill to legalize a kind of medical marijuana that could be a treatment for rare forms of epilepsy.

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Comments: 4

  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle img 2014-01-13 00:02

    In the prohibitionist's world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are stoners and dopers that need to be incarcerated to protect society.

    In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their god given duty to worry about saving us all from the evils of marijuana use.

    Who are they to tell us we can't choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of a glass of wine for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

    People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who "follow the law" also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it's current prohibition of course) .

    Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

    Several Presidents of The United States themselves and Justin Trudeau have confessed to their marijuana use , as have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

    Although, that doesn't mean a dam thing to people who will make comments like "dopers" and "stoners" about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

    To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it's an All American pastime.

    There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long hard day, than having a glass a wine.

    So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can't enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

    We've worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don't appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

    Has a marijuana user ever tried to force you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

    Don't try to impose your morality and "clean living" upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won't think your such prohibitionist hypocrites.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  • malcolmkyle img 2014-01-13 05:44

    We are actually experiencing a de facto civl war between the majority (those who embrace reason and function in the real world of cause and effect) and the prohibitionists, who, numbed by their isolation and despair, are seeking meaning in a mythical world that can never, ever, be reality-based. A world of deceit and lies, of blood and corpses—a world of complete social and economic collapse.

    Prohibitionists like Corbett are not only infantile, their insatiable need to inflict suffering on the rest of us and their greed for both money and power is a threat to every single civic institution of our "once proud and free" nation. Their final objective, a drug-free society, toward which all their deceit is directed, is not even obtainable in a single maximum security prison anywhere on this planet.

    Prohibitionists claim to be protecting society, but they would gladly destroy every single liberty guaranteed by the Constitution, or even commit murder rather than admit defeat:

    "Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people."
    —an extract from: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

    “Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.”
    ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • Immortal Illumined img 2014-01-13 11:46

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%...

    only 20 years behind us Pennsylvania, sad and scary....im dating a girl from pittsburg and am quickly swaying the tide among her friends and family there, only a matter of time now, cali runs this country by almost 2 decades, that is insane

    AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • Joe Befumo img 2014-01-30 07:16

    One more reason to oust this corrupt, Sandusky-shielding wad of canine testicular lint.

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