BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana Legalization

first_img Medical Marijuana,  The Blog Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed SB3, answering the Governor Wolf’s call to send the medical marijuana legalization bill to his desk. The Governor is proud to sign this bill, which will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment.Members of both parties in the House and Senate have at last come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and thousands of advocates have fought tirelessly for this cause.As Governor Wolf prepares to sign this historic legislation into law, take a look at what some Pennsylvania families had to say about how medical marijuana could impact them.Jackson’s StoryBy: Cara Salemme, Jackson’s Mother“Jackson was born a healthy kid and with a twin brother. When he was 5 years old, Jackson woke up with a headache and had a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital, but continued to have seizures for three months straight. Jackson was later diagnosed with Intractable-Epilepsy: chronic uncontrolled seizures despite doctor prescribed medication. We want a better life for our child, but the medications available now aren’t helping enough and have harmful side effects. Before this legislation, we couldn’t even talk to Jackson’s doctors about the possibility of using medical marijuana. When you are fighting for your life you deserve every option available, and this legislation will finally allow us to have an open discussion, a true dialogue with Jackson’s medical team. I’ve always hoped medical marijuana would change Jackson’s life but, even if it doesn’t, I hope it will change the lives of other suffering Pennsylvanians.”Diana’s StoryBy: Louanne Speece, Diana’s Mother“I have been an advocate for medical marijuana for sometime now because I know it can change my daughter’s life. It’s not a miracle drug, but it can give her a better quality of life. I believe this process has taken so long because of fear, but soon everyone will realize medical marijuana should have legalized long ago. In other states, medical marijuana has been proven to alleviate a patient’s suffering. If medical marijuana became law today, I would be optimistic that Diana would finally receive the additional support from doctors she always needed.”Hannah’s StoryBy: Heather Shuker, Hannah’s Mother“Our brave Hannah just turned 13 — her doctors thought she wouldn’t live long after birth. Hannah frequently experiences severe seizures and doctors haven’t been able to diagnose her condition. What we do know is that her seizure medications don’t control them completely and have drastic side effects. The side effects from these medications have physically and mentally changed our Hannah, taking away her beautiful smile and causing her to have severe depression. We know that medical marijuana is the only treatment for her without side effects. We are hoping, with new legislation in place, that with the right doctor recommended ratio of THC and CBD Hannah would be released from her depression and she could regain her strength to once again run as she joyfully used to. So far, my conversations with physicians on this subject have been on vague terms, but I hope this new law could soon open the doors to a full dialogue with Hannah’s doctors and finally provide us the professional support we have needed for a long time.” Read more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant April 14, 2016center_img BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana Legalization SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

‘Marked man’ Farah romps home at Prefontaine

first_img“It’s hard trying to maintain it year after year. But I know what I have to do — eat sleep and train properly. But that’s what it takes if you want to win medals.”Farah said he plans to race in Usain Bolt’s farewell meeting in Kingston next month before heading to Europe to run in Ostrava. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Mo Farah (R) shakes hands with Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei at the Rio Olympics last year. Mo Farah won in Eugene in 13:00.70 with Cheptegei 4th in a season best 13:02.84Eugene, United States | AFP |  Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah fired a warning shot to his rivals with the fastest time of the year after powering to victory in the 5,000m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.The British long distance king, racing in a track meeting on US soil for the last time, produced another flawless tactical display to come home in 13min 00.70sec at Eugene’s Hayward Field in Oregon.The 34-year-old star, who completed an unprecedented ‘double-double’ of 5,000m and 10,000m gold at last year’s Olympics in Rio, crossed ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in second and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworwor in third.Afterwards Farah, who plans to retire from the track after August’s World Championships in London, said he had been determined to send a message to his main rivals in Oregon.“For me it wasn’t about time. It was just a matter of telling the boys ‘Look, I’m ready’,” Farah told reporters.“A lot of the boys talk a lot. A lot of guys saying ‘I’m going to do this or that.’ But I don’t like to do that. I just want my running to do the talking and get on with it.”Farah, who is also the reigning world champion over 5,000m and 10,000m, said he had got used to being regarded as the man to beat.“I’ve got a target on my back,” Farah said. “I’ve been on the top of my game for the last five years and everyone wants to beat me. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more