Ralliers Support Medical Drug Use
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Ralliers Support Medical Drug Use
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2009 at 05:31:51 PT
By Sadie Bertier, For the Collegian
Source: Daily Collegian
Harrisburg, PA -- Protesters wearing sweatshirts emblazoned with a marijuana leaf lined the steps of the Capitol on Monday, advocating a change in Pennsylvania's marijuana laws. More than 75 supporters of medicinal marijuana -- including several Penn State students -- brandished signs asking local drivers to honk in support of legalization.
"We're at a point where this is not a political issue," said Jay Bundy, president of the Penn State branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). "It's an issue of justice, an issue of history and an issue of human suffering."Bundy, a former Penn State student, didn't attend the rally, but said several students from Penn State did. Among them was Stacey Bullock (junior-political science), who thinks now is the time to legalize marijuana."This whole debate is taking place too late in my opinion," Bullock said. "Think about all the legal drugs that have side effects and health risks that are far worse when compared to those of smoking marijuana." Supporters cited statistics showing that alcohol kills more people than illegal and legal drugs combined. They also emphasized that tobacco, unlike marijuana, is legal, addictive and kills more than 400,000 people annually, according to the American Lung Association. Chuck Homan, a Harrisburg roofer who said he suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, organized the rally. "I got addicted to my prescription pills, and the side effects of them were horrific," Homan said. "I also have two torn biceps from my job. There is a big difference between a 58-year-old using marijuana for pain and a 17-year-old smoking outside a movie theater."Homan planned the rally on April 20, a day popularly recognized for marijuana use. Those rallying promoted the drug's pain-relieving attributes and minimal health consequences. Many of the people rallying were there to support family members that are dealing with cancer or psychological disorders such as depression.There are currently 12 states that have passed bills legalizing medicinal marijuana, according to NORML's Web site. According to the American Medical Association, marijuana has very little medical value. However, Bundy said he feels that marijuana should still be legalized for medical purposes -- it's a waste of time and money to fight it, he said."Our children and grandchildren will judge us by what we did and failed to do," he said. "There are too many of us aware of the truth to do nothing."Source: Daily Collegian (PA Edu)Author: Sadie Bertier, For the CollegianPublished: April 21, 2009Copyright: 2009 Collegian Inc.Contact: collegianletters psu.eduWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #1 posted by AdaptBones on April 22, 2009 at 15:07:29 PT:
Too Many Aware...
"There are too many of us aware of the truth to do nothing". Truer words were never spoken, or written in this case. That statement is what I am holding in my mind as what will force this change to happen. As more and more people discover the truth about all the lies and the true nature of this "war on cannabis and personal freedom" I hold out hope that they will be so absolutly DISGUSTED at the way the lie was continually told by the government that there will be major call for reform in ALL levels of government. No matter how much "bad" is in the news I have to believe that our fellow citizens will take up the call for true reform in this country and not just another coat of paint on top of the old broken wall. Blessed be everyone and since I didn't get a chance to say it on 4/20, happy 4/20 everyone! I hope we sent a clear message this year to all that this movement will not die and will not go away until ALL citizens have their freedom back in thier hands. Blessed be everyone and be safe.
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