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Representative Baker is a Big, Fat, Faker

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It seems that marijuana is in the news everyday.  More states are fully legalizing it, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, District of Columbia… Ohio could be next?!  There is a movement for a referendum on the ballot in November.  Vermont has a bill, SB 95, in their state Senate.  Everyone is waiting for California to legalize it already. Entire countries are allowing home cultivation (Hi Germany!).  Ecuador is considering decriminalizing all drugs. The US Senate Appropriations Committee just voted 18-12 to pass a bi-partisan amendment to allow the Veterans Administration (VA) doctors the right to discuss medical marijuana with their patients in the 23 states where it is legal.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is teasing me again.  The PA Senate passed a medical marijuana bill!  For the second time.  A medical marijuana bill passed in the Senate last year.  The House let it die.  The House would let me die too. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will probably sit idly by and name bridges for dead veterans.  I am all for naming bridges for veterans, but maybe the townships and county governments could do that.  The House of Representatives does not need to do that. They should be talking about the veterans who committed suicide after traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.  Veterans who could have been treated with marijuana.  No, those veterans don’t get coverage on House Floor.  When they do get is short and fleeting.  The House is stringently opposed to medical marijuana.  Senate Bill 3 is not on the docket.  Its sister bill, House Bill 193, is stuck in committee.  The Commonwealth wants to wait for the Federal Government to act first.

There are scientific medical studies being published almost daily that show the numerous medical benefits.  At least three of my neurologists and my primary care physician agree that marijuana is a hopeful “new” treatment for my epilepsy.  Brain Doctors agree!  The Epilepsy Foundation agrees!  Some of my epilepsy friends successfully use cannabis to prevent seizures.  My Facebook friend Ricardo gives his daughter “Tuffy” cannabis oil that he has to make himself.  It has saved her life.  I love Ricky’s posts and pictures of Tuffy.  She was previously living a nearly vegetative state.  She had  hundreds of seizures a day and needed a helmet.  Ricky fought New Jersey to legalize medical marijuana and get Tuffy medicine.  She is a growing little girl again.  Cannabis has given Tuffy her life back.  The pictures are amazing.  Her new-found freedom from seizures is a blessing.  It gives me hope.  Cannabis IS medicine.

I don’t have much hope that the House will help me.  I have been on this roller-coaster for too long.  Even if the House did discuss SB 3 on the Floor, it probably doesn’t have enough Republican Majority votes. It’s not going to get me any relief anytime soon.  I can go to my neurologist and we can talk about how we live in the wrong state.  She would prescribe me medical marijuana if we were a different state.  I have been going to this doctor for over ten years.  She is deeply familiar with my condition. She recognizes the benefits of marijuana.  But the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, with their lack of medical expertise, says no.  I wasn’t even happy when SB 3 passed 40 to 7.  It passed last year as SB 1182 with 43 votes.

Senator Pat Vance got up before the vote and basically lied.  She said the National Epilepsy Association opposed medical marijuana.  I don’t know who the National Epilepsy Association is.  It was certainly not The Epilepsy Foundation, who is the actual voice for epilepsy in the USA.  The Epilepsy Foundation is in full support of medical marijuana.  FULL SUPPORT.  Whoever Senator Vance spoke to is not representative of the real epilepsy community.  I almost had a seizure I was so pissed off at her misrepresentation.

The head of the House Health Committee, Representative Matthew E. Baker promises not to do anything.  One person is mucking up the works.  He represents a small percentage of Pennsylvania citizens.  His district is distinctly mountainous and rural.  There aren’t many people living in Tioga, Pennsylvania, the largest “city” Mr. Baker’s District  68.  As of the 2010 census there were only 41,981 people in Tioga.  The total population of District 68 was 60,512.  There are 12.79 million residents in the Commonwealth.  I did the math, that’s less that 0.004% of the population.  I would wager a guess that there are more white-tail deer in District 68 than people.  Even the deer would support medical marijuana.  They love to eat it.

According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, nearly 90% of Pennsylvanians support medical marijuana.  Matt Baker is keeping medical marijuana languishing in the House Health Committee.  One person is preventing a vote on the House Floor.  One person is preventing democracy.

I just want medicine.  Colorado and Washington are rolling in tax money from legal marijuana.  LEGAL.  In Pennsylvania I can’t get a prescription from my brain specialist.  The House of Representatives would rather have me and millions of Pennsylvanians suffer.

It doesn’t matter that my Representative Pat Harkins said he would vote yes.  He is in the cock-blocked minority.  It doesn’t matter that Governor Wolf is holding round table discussions with the Attorney General and advocates and doctors who agree.  Governor Tom Wolf says yes, yes, yes.  Baker says no.  He receives money from pharmaceutical companies.  Pharmaceutical companies that have an interest in preventing medical marijuana.  Does anybody else find it concerning that the Chair of the Health Committee gets money from drug companies?  It seems like a conflict of interest to me.

I’m guess I have to take my advocacy to the President.  He’s the last hope of the empire.  He could write an Executive Order legalizing medical marijuana.  He could reschedule marijuana, he could legalize marijuana.  He could do any of the three.  He’s on Twitter now.  I’ve already Tweeted to him about this.  I am very persistent.  Tweet.  Tweet.

Mr. President, Please Free the Weed.  You know you want to.  I know you can do it.  Congress might try to stop you, but they can’t.  They don’t get anything done.  Please.  Please.  Pretty-please with a cherry on top.  I just want to have less seizures.  I wish I could schedule a seizure for you so you could understand my life.  I read your memoir.  I know you are a compassionate man.  

Do what is right.  Matt Baker won’t.

Last night I was snuggling in bed with my kids before bedtime.  Out of the blue, my 11-year-old daughter said it was “pretty impressive that Mom was still alive since she could have died so many times, because she has so many seizures all the time.”  Kids say the darnedest things…

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FIRE CONGRESS

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I am so angry about my so-called government today.  I want to tamp down the rage, but it’s been boiling over for two weeks already.  For TWO weeks our government has stopped working, ground to a crushing stop by a bunch of whiny-ass white men.  Congress has but one job, TO RUN THE GOVERNMENT.  They are not doing their jobs.  We need to fire them.  Any other employee would get fired if they tried to shut their business down for no reason.  You have to pay your bills or suffer the consequences.  At least I do.

My aunt is working for FREE because she works for the VA.  Her mentally ill vets still need care.  That’s right, mental health care for our Veterans is considered non-essential.  That’s how mass murders happen; when sick people who have access to weapons go off their meds.  She has to go to work, paid or not.  I hope she’s got all her hay already.  She also has a farm, cows and horses that need to be fed.  That is EXPENSIVE.  I hope she’s all stocked up now.  Her animals could starve if she runs out of food and hasn’t been paid.  Seriously, think of that: horses starving because of the government shutdown.  Because that is happening right now and worse…

Children are going hungry because their Head Start programs are deemed unnecessary.  Head Start! Our most vulnerable citizens, CHILDREN are suffering because Congress is playing chicken with our country.  Childcare is non-essential?  Ask any parent what they think about that.  Without childcare people can’t go to work.

My cousin is furloughed without pay.  She can’t even check her work email.  She got half a paycheck last week from the time she worked before the shutdown.  She probably won’t get another paycheck.  October is half over; November’s mortgage will be due soon.  This is happening to millions of hard working Americans who just want to go to work.  It’s damaging to think of oneself as non-essential.  And we are finding out more and more every day that the people who are not are work, are missed.  There are thousands of government programs that have been taken for granted.  You only miss something once it’s gone.

We are missing USDA inspectors who inspect our food and who can access the damage to farmers in the mid-west that just suffered massive losses due to a harsh early snowfall.  Cows suffocated under the snow and the government officials that need to deal with it are at home, unpaid.  Thousands of people’s futures wait in the balance.  I hope our Pistachios are clean.

The entire fleet of Alaska Crab Fishing Boats is currently waiting, only half afloat.  The King Crab season is about to open and nobody has the permits to fish.  If they don’t fish, millions of dollars of income will be lost.  That is money that cannot be recouped.   The Russian Fleet will catch all the crab and all the sales to Asia and the US.  Thousands of people’s fortunes rely on this King Crab fishing season.  They are all ready to go, just say the word.  Let them do their job.  Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch fame was in DC begging Congress to just let them fish.

Meanwhile, it’s still Hurricane season.  The Gulf Coast isn’t going to be spared from inclement weather just because it is an inconvenient time.  Federal Emergency workers were considered non-essential.  They are not essential until there is an EMERGENCY.  Unfortunately emergencies are not something you can predict.  You need to be ready to react instantly, not a few weeks after the shutdown damage has been undone.  Because the shutdown is damaging everything that works on a time table and requires supplies.

I’m worried about our Astronauts in space right now.  NASA is unnecessary.  Thankfully they are on an INTERNATIONAL space station, I’m sure the Japanese and Italian astronauts will share their oxygen and water if it comes to that.  I hope that no meteorites enter our atmosphere though.  NASA usually checks on that for us.  Or rather, they used to.

All science is non-essential.  Even the Center for Disease Control is shutdown.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel the need to risk people’s lives just because Congress can’t agree.  I hope we don’t have an epidemic.

Our government research base at the South Pole is non-essential.  People could FREEZE if supplies don’t make it to the South Pole.  Seriously, FREEZE.  If you leave all that equipment unattended through an Antarctic winter, it will ALL be lost.  Millions of dollars have already been spent getting everything there, we can’t just abandon it!  The South Pole will take it ALL.  It makes me sick.  The House Gym is open, but we are shutting down the South Pole.  Which is more important to you, American Citizen?  Is it really more important for Paul Ryan to lift weights or to allow the SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED CONTINUE?

I’m voting with science every time.  I will never vote for the abs.  Let Paul Ryan work out in his own private gym that he most likely already has.  Or let him pay for a membership at a public gym like the rest of us.  By the way, he’s still getting paid.  Meanwhile, people could FREEZE and all of our scientific equipment could be lost.  Congress might not care about the South Pole, but I do!

I care about the cows and the vets and the crabbers and astronauts and the MILLIONS of Americans who are out of a job right now. The people being hurt by Congress aren’t rich people, they are the hard working Americans who voted those clowns in.  Congress doesn’t have to suffer.  They get paid and have health care and a private gym.  Well, the rest of us are drowning here.

We need to fire Congress!  I have always been an advocate for voting, but I am ready to explode now.  They can’t be allowed to run our country into the ground like this!  We need to FIRE CONGRESS, each and EVERY one of them!

America PLEASE! I know none of us are happy now.  This government shutdown is hurting us ALL.  Remember this.  Remember who did this to our country.  VOTE.

Pennsylvania House Representative Mike Kelley and Senator Pat Toomey, consider yourselves fired.

Now open up my government and let my kids watch the Panda Cam!

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