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 November 3, 2013

pennsylvania medical marijuanaI saw a Facebook post by Pittsburgh NORML that made me very happy. According to the Facebook post, ‘The first Republican to sign in support for HB1181 –supporting the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania — State Rep. Jim Cox! PittsburghNorml thanks you!’ It’s not everyday that a medical marijuana bill on the East Coast gets Republican support. If there’s any state in America that needs medical marijuana, it’s Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1181 would legalize medical marijuana in the state. It currently has nine sponsors (including Mr. Cox). The bill has provisions for one dispensary per every 250,000 residents. Unlike recent states, which do not allow home cultivation, this bill would allow up to 6 plants in addition to the one ounce possession limit. Six plants would produce way more than that of course, so I’d imagine that number would be revisited, which was the case in my home state of Oregon. If legalized the bill would cover the following conditions:

(1) cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome or the treatment of these conditions;
(2) a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy; severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease; or
(3) any other weakening medical condition or its treatment that is recognized by licensed medical authorities as being treatable with marijuana in a manner that is superior to treatment without marijuana.

You can read the full bill here. If you have time, consider sending Pennsylvania State Representative Jim Cox a message thanking him for stepping up. If you want to donate to Pittsburgh NORML so they can keep up their good work, donate here.

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Jenna Lovelylette Lindenmuth

    Finallly someone in Pennsylvania is starting to see!!

  • Rob

    I live in PA too. I want to be optimistic but I can’t see PA getting on board anytime soon. PA needs a big education push,especially with minority leaders and Senior Citizens,IMO.

  • wowFAD

    Awesome! Keep that trend going. Putting a stop to the drug war is *supposed* to be a conservative issue. How many hundreds of billions of tax dollars have we thrown down the prohibition hole in the last 40 years? The reason Republicans have been losing their reputation for being fiscally responsible is that they haven’t been, at all, for the last four decades.

    Ending the drug war would bring is MUCH closer to a balanced budget. $26 billion per year for the ONDCP to fund crooked agencies like the DEA and NIDA is what I call wasteful spending.

  • Joe Voll

    Its still not enough. I want to see the representatives who vote against medical marijuana get voted out of office in the next election.

    • painkills2

      That’s too good for ‘em. Burn ‘em at the stake, I say! (Don’t get mad, I’m just playing with ya.)

  • Vixxis

    This is great news. Pa Govenor Corbett is up for re-election in 2014 and previously claimed if any of the med or legalization bills made it to his desk he wouldnt sign them. I believe he will change his position as the election draws near but it wont save him. John Hanger has announced he is running for Pa govenor on a pro cannabis campaign. The field will get more pro-cannabis candidates. It’s coming to Pa and maybe sooner than you think and its about time! What gets me is the politicans that will jump on the pro-cannabis bandwagon to try to save their sorry jobs.

    • Rob

      I registered to vote for the first time in almost 10 years because of the pro-marijuana shift and to vote for John Hanger and other pro-pot politicians.

    • bill

      Wish they would think about it on a bigger scale. Like bailing this country out with fuels, foods, tons of other things which mean being self efficient. From a simple plant that has been here forever!

      • Mr. Bogart

        @Bill…. I will have to agree with you on your comment.

        We don’t need the Arabs black gold. One of the main reasons why they are so rich is because of countries like the USA buying their oil or importing hemp from other countries.

        History has shown us, we were once at the top for manufacturing and now we are far down that list.

        I will predict, that the 1st person to run for the Presidency to end prohibition on marijuana will win by 80% of the popular vote.

  • Mr. Bogart

    Even though I really do dislike Republicans overall, I will give credit when credit is due. My hats off to you Rep. Cox.

  • PreBigBanger

    The only choice for Pa Governor is John Hanger. He is already pushing to make marijuana legal, whereas the other candidates are waiting to see what’s “popular.” see John’s clear stance on all issues here: http://www.hangerforgovernor.com/?recruiter_id=1350

    • PreBigBanger

      but we HAVE to get out to the polls in MAY!!! to nominate John Hanger as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

    • Ace Funyon

      Hey there, Pre Big! Yes, yes, yes, JOHN HANGER is the only way to go. He is the first ever canidate for governor that has the support of NORML. John is the answer on sooo many levels. His ideas to take the money spent on prohibition and putting it back into our schools, genius.

  • Frank Rizzo

    They Should and put a TAX on it OR MAKE SOME KIND OF MONEY off of it.Between the GAS AND Medical M.J. IF YOU CAN’T MAKE A PROFIT on that then there’s MORE CORRUPTION GOING ON. WORKS FOR CANCER PATIENCE AND PAIN.How many States legalized it ALREADY?

    • PreBigBanger

      Frank, John Hanger agrees with you. Help to nominate John Hanger in May, and he will Legalize, Regulate and Tax Marijuana, starting with approving Medical Cannabis for those in urgent need.

      http://www.hangerforgovernor.com/?recruiter_id=1350

      • Frank Rizzo

        Sorry I gave up voting when they screwed us with the casino sorry cant help u

  • Jason Martin

    I suffer from depression and I know that may not be a big medical illness in some peoples eyes but when I run out of my medication marijuana helps me to calm down and relax and I think it has great potential to help many more people like me and with worse conditions, I’m all for it

  • Brad

    Medical is the first step. Then it will be recreational