PA Nurses Endorse Medical Marijuana – PA Headlines 3/4 Counterpoint PA 9/24-30/2012
This month the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association announced that it officially endorses the legalization of marijuana for medical use and a change in its designation under federal law to allow for further study of its health impacts. While suffering families across the state have their medical options restricted and people are forced to take other prescriptions that often have much, much worse side effects, a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by progressive firebrand state Senator Daylin Leach would go further and fully legalize marijuana including for recreational use under a regulatory regime similar to alcohol.
Randy LoBasso writes for Philly Now, âthe [Pennsylvania State Nurses Association] emphasized âsafe accessâ to marijuana for those suffering from âglaucoma, asthma, seizures, appetite stimulation and in management of nausea,â as well as much-needed ârigorousâ clinical testing. âIt is the position of PSNA that medical marijuana is worthy of further rigorous clinical testing,â reads the statement. âIn order to weigh the true risks and benefits of medical marijuana, there must be a discussion and openness at the federal level regarding the conversion of marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II drug classification.â … Pennsylvania lags behind several other northeastern states on medical marijuana legalization. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont allow for the medical use of marijuana.â
This news comes the same year that a bill to fully legalize marijuana has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly for the first time ever. After introducing medical marijuana bills in the last two legislative sessions, Daylin Leach, who has described himself as Pennsylvaniaâs leading progressive state senator, introduced a bill in the current session to fully legalize marijuana including for recreational use and regulate it like alcohol. A member of his staff told me Daylin is thrilled about the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association joining many other medical professionals in supporting medical marijuana.
For more Pennsylvania marijuana news, stay tuned for Activism in Action at the conclusion of PA Headlines, in which one of the progressive protests covered will be a marijuana legalization protest including a video clip of a group of people who were arrested for smoking marijuana in an act of civil disobedience, coming up next on Counterpoint PA.