The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has failed me yet again. The PA Senate took pity on me and a few of my sick friends. The Pennsylvania Senate voted 43 to 7 to approve the Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use of Cannabis Senate Bill 1182. It passed! 43 to 7 is a wide margin. It represents Pennsylvanians’ beliefs. We want medical marijuana. But the House won’t put it on the docket. They are stingy like that. They want to wait until after the election. Because they should. Because this is a voting issue. People’s votes will depend on the politicians’ stance on medical marijuana. They might be able to keep their jobs if the House doesn’t vote first. My Republican relative just switched his vote for the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate after watching the debates. He switched because of Tom Wolf’s stance on medical marijuana. We care! We want our sick, loved ones to have access to medicine. Marijuana is an herb, more natural than the grass that grows on your lawn.
This might be a minor midterm election for the rest of the country, but not in Pennsylvania. It’s a high voter turnout year. Our state government is up for grabs. People are passionate about this election. We all hate Governor Tom Corbett. There are so many reasons why Pennsylvanians are united against him. Number One: Education. Number Two: Fracking. Number Three: Medical Marijuana. Number Four: Jobs. I could go on. Corbett has the lowest approval rating of all US Governors, wallowing in the mud at only 24%.
Let’s not forget the pending charges against our “Notorious G.O.V.” from his previous term as Attorney General. Tommy chose not to prosecute Jerry Sandusky: The Rapist of Penn State. Voting is essential.
I’ve been hearing a lot about reaching out to the millennials, getting them out to vote. I wholeheartedly support it! I wish Gen X would vote, but we’ve long since given up. Thanks, Florida. Thanks, Ohio. When Bush stole the presidency, an entire generation of voters fell off. I try to convince my friends to vote, but many, many, of them will not. It always comes back to Bush. We were bright eyed voters, and suddenly our vote did not matter. Then the rest of Bush’s term happened. Gen X doesn’t vote. They aren’t even targeting us with Rock The Vote. I am a poll worker. I see the age gap. The older citizens vote the most. I thanked the few first time voters. There were only two.
One vote does count. I have my position at the polls due to one vote. My husband wrote me in. I’m elected! Four more years, Baby! We don’t have to let Bush happen again. We can vote in other people, we can control our government on a local level. We can vote out Tom Corbett and legalize medicinal marijuana ASAP. I don’t want to wait until Tom Wolf is sworn-in. Perhaps the Lame Duck Congress will see which way the smoke blows. They won’t vote before the election. There is one day of session scheduled between now and the election. I like to pretend, but I know they won’t. I watch them Live on TV. The House of Representatives is a circus. My Representative claims to support me. Since they won’t vote on it, I can’t really know. People are dying while the House does nothing.
I wish they could see me have a seizure. Or at least ask my children. THEY know how I suffer. They have to take care of me sometimes. They are the ones who tell me that I had a seizure. There are safer medicines I could be taking. I’m not making this up. I dare you to do a Google search about Clinical Cannabis Studies. There is plenty of scientific evidence. I do my internet research, not just wikipedia. I read the scientific journals online. The good stuff might not be found until you dig through 20 or 21 pages of a Google search. I check them all. This is not new information. These are reputable scientific publications. Marijuana is found in Chinese medical texts from long Before Christ.
I had to defend my seizure meds to my insurance company. They didn’t want to give me such a high dosage. I don’t want to take it either. I’m not okay. It’s been a week since I had a seizure, that I know of. But deep bruises are still emerging. Could these bruises still be from last week? Have I had another seizure that I didn’t know about? My ribs have not stopped hurting yet. Apparently bruised/cracked ribs take a long time to heal. The last time, before this seizure, I gave myself a concussion. I was glad that I didn’t break my nose. This time I’m extra happy that I didn’t fall down the stairs. I did run up and down the stairs to vomit a few times before I was fully conscious. It is as scary as it sounds. My laptop didn’t survive the seizure. I found it on the floor, covered in coffee, much like myself.
So I’m voting for compassion. It’s my issue. It is not just my issue, 86% of Pennsylvanians agree! We need medical marijuana! Right after we re-fund the public schools and tax the oil and gas companies. That oil is NOT going anywhere and neither is medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The only question is how long will be have to wait? How many will have to die? Any single seizure is a chance to die.
The Speaker of The House likes to mute his microphone. Sam Smith doesn’t want to address the dying people who are waiting for medicine. He doesn’t want to hear what we have to say. He doesn’t want us to know what he says either.
Dear PA~ Rock The Vote! Take Back The House!
I’m voting for Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. I’m on the border of two districts, so I support House Representatives Pat Harkins and Curt Smith; US House Reps Karith Strano Taylor and Dan LaValle.
I sure hope you vote out Sam Smith, Jefferson County! #turnoutforwhat