pennsylvania marijuana legislature
Medical Marijuana Policy

Pennsylvania Religious Leaders Announce Support For Medical Marijuana Legislation

pennsylvania marijuana legislatureA group of Pennsylvania religious leaders announced their support for medical marijuana legislation Wednesday at a news conference in the state capitol.

A diverse group of more than 60 clergy members in Pennsylvania have signed the following statement urging state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law this year:

“Across Pennsylvania, there are patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions for which medical cannabis has been found to provide significant medical benefits. Some find it to be the most effective way — or, in some cases, the only way — to effectively treat their maladies or the symptoms associated with them. Nobody should have to break the law in order to ease their suffering or that of a loved one.

“We cannot remain silent while people in pain and anguish are deprived of a viable, safe, and responsible remedy. While we may practice different faiths and come from different communities, we share the same commitment to improving the broader community through the practice of humanity, healing, mercy, and compassion. That is why, as leaders within our respective communities of faith, we are joining together to encourage the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt sensible, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.”

A list of signers is available at http://www.ClergyForCompassion.com.

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a medical marijuana bill, SB 3, by a vote of 40-7 on May 12, and the issue is awaiting consideration in the House. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill into law.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found nine out of 10 Pennsylvania voters support legal access to medical marijuana. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have adopted effective medical marijuana laws.

Statement from Pastor Shawn Berkebile of Abbotstown, who spoke at the news conference Wednesday:

“I have always believed that God calls us to speak for the voiceless, the suffering, and the hurting. There are people suffering right now — in our homes, at our places of work, in line at the grocery store, and sitting in our houses of worship. Medical marijuana is providing hope for the hopeless and I want the lawmakers of Pennsylvania to realize this.”

Statement from Rabbi George Stern, executive director of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network:

“Jewish tradition teaches that we have both private and public obligations to heal illness and treat pain. The Jewish Social Policy Action Network calls upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt sensible, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation that will aid thousands of citizens across the state.”

  • Closet Warrior

    That is truely amazing, the Times they are a changin-finally. Regardless of religion, race, political affiliation or otherwise, COMPASSION is the glue that binds ourselve to each other and we need to act sooner rather than later. Support this group at all costs. I’m not really religious but no matter your beliefs- this is something to stand back and behold! Well done Clergy for compassion. We support your truth. Peace and love be upon you.

  • PhDScientist

    God bless these people.

    In the land of Israel, where Medical Marijuana, especially Medical Marijuana Oil, has been used, for thousands of years, in fact, since biblical times; where THC was first discovered; and where some of the most exciting leading edge research on Medical Marijuana has, and is, being done; they have a saying —

    Medical Marijuana is a “Gift from God” — “Tikun Olam” — “To heal the world”

    Google Tikkun Olam Medical Marijuana.

  • malcolmkyle

    Jesus specifically told his disciples to “anoint” people. That anointing took place using a specific formula made from a recipe found in the Old Testament book of Exodus.

    That recipe (Exodus 30:23) includes about 6 pounds of “kaneh-bosen”.

    According to many biblical scholars, “kaneh-bosen” was/is Marijuana.

    Most of the diseases mentioned as being healed miraculously after anointing are, curiously, the same ones that cannabis can heal today. Things like epilepsy, leprosy, and “crooked limbs” (an obvious reference to multiple sclerosis).

    Exodus 30:

    23 Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.

  • Jeff Brown

    It is a fact that cannabis has been used for thousands of years by many different religions and cultures for spiritual insight and continues to be used for that purpose. I joined a Jamaican Rasta church as a young man. Rastas believe cannabis/ ganja to be the biblical tree of life for the healing of the nations. I went on to write Marijuana and the Bible which goes into this history. one love