I'd like to talk a little bit about Pennsylvania House Bill 1393 sponsored by Rep. Mark Cohen and others.
I just finished reading the bill in its entirety and have been studying the history of the bill since its introduction to the House. I am glad that legislation has reached the state level that calls for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. I also want to state that I am an intelligent educated man who is a history student and also understands that to error is human, and as I have erred and learned from my mistakes, I hope our great Commonwealth will realize the time for change has come and learn from its mistakes both economic and moral.
This is not only the right thing to do, but with the proper education provided in harm reduction to our youth, it can be a huge benefit to the economy of our state and our people.
In response to Sharon Smith of Mechanicsburg, PA who testified in the bill hearing, I do wish to express my condolences or your tragedy, however I abhor the thought that you would connect solely marijuana use to what happened to your children. I ask you, what other drugs were your children medicating themselves with? I medicated myself with alcohol for 10 years in substitution of marijuana and it was the most horrible addiction I have ever beaten, yet it is legal to be consumed by all. What is the profound medical benefit of bourbon? I know it kills pain too...
People find help in all sorts of things...there are questions to ask when determining abuse to legality and to what can be beneficial if regulated properly.
Oxycontin and prescription medicine are abused,animals are abused, food itself is abused. Don't confuse your belief legality and misuse with common sense.
Let the people speak and the state prosper from their word...
Jeremy C. Fink