BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues to Urge the Legislature to Pass Medical Marijuana Legislation

first_imgBLOG: Governor Wolf Continues to Urge the Legislature to Pass Medical Marijuana Legislation Medical Marijuana,  The Blog Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf has long been a supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana and is continuing to urge the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass medical marijuana legislation.“I support the legalization of medical marijuana so we can finally provide much needed relief to families and children,” said Governor Wolf. “It is time to legalize medical marijuana because we should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help people suffering from seizures or cancer patients affected by chemotherapy.”On February 25, 2016, House Majority Leader Dave Reed announced the decision to hold a vote on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf thanked Majority Leader Reed and looked forward to the possibility of finally providing much needed relief to families and children.Governor Wolf has been a leader in the fight to legalize medical marijuana. Take a look at the coverage below: Philly.com: Surprises at Gov. Wolf’s Medical Marijuana Forum“The times have definitely changed in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf invited advocates and legislators into his official residence Monday night for a forum on medical marijuana. The event marked a big shift for stakeholders who, for years, were ignored and thwarted by former Gov. Corbett…. His stance on the issue is the first time in recent memory that any governor in the region has been so strongly and intimately supportive.”Penn Live: Medical marijuana supporters pack Pa. governor’s mansion“[Advocates] stressed their view [that] Pennsylvania is on the verge of joining about two dozen states which allow some form of access to medical marijuana. They base their optimism on the fact the state Senate recently voted 40-7 in favor of a a medical marijuana bill, public opinion surveys show strong support and, in Wolf, the state now has a governor who supports allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana-derived treatments to those with approved medical conditions.”FOX 43: Pa. House group meeting daily on new medical marijuana bill“Governor Wolf (D) has been vocally supportive of signing legislation which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.”Post-Gazette: Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor’s residence“With the legalization of medical marijuana now before the House, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday hosted supporters at the governor’s residence for what he described as ‘a chance to get the facts out.’ Mr. Wolf sat for more than an hour in the front row as two doctors, a lawyer, the mother of a child with epilepsy and a man with a pain disorder made the case for allowing doctors to add marijuana to the treatments they recommend to their patients.”ABC 27: Pa. House ready to vote on medical marijuana“Nine months after the state Senate approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, the House is expected to finally take action.Gov. Tom Wolf says House Majority Leader Dave Reed has decided to hold a vote. Members are expected to consider the bill when they return from recess next month. Wolf supports legalizing medical marijuana. He said he believes it is long past time to provide medical cannabis to patients and families across the state.”Philly.com: Wolf confirms his support of medical marijuana“On the same day that legislation was reintroduced to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday told parents of sick children that he would sign a bill if it reached his desk.”Penn Live: Gov. Tom Wolf meets with medical marijuana advocates, families“Gov. Tom Wolf met with medical marijuana advocates Tuesday at the Capitol, marking a significant shift in policy from his predecessor. ‘I feel there’s a lot more compassion as I walk through these halls,’ said Dana Ulrich, whose 7-year-old daughter Lorelei suffers from intractable epilepsy.”York Daily Record: Pa. House expected to vote on medical marijuanaThe Pennsylvania House is slated to vote on a medical marijuana bill after it returns to session March 14, according to a state document. In the statement, Wolf said his administration has pushed forward a program to research the use of marijuana to help children with intractable seizures.Lehigh Valley Live: Medical Marijuana amendments, vote planned in Pennsylvania House“Gov. Tom Wolf…has maintained he supports opening up cannabis for medical use in Pennsylvania, as 23 states — including New Jersey — and the District of Columbia have done.”WFMZ 69 News: Gov. Wolf vows to support Pennsylvania Senate’s medical marijuana bill“Gov. Tom Wolf gave an impromptu audience to parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and is vowing to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing.”Governor Wolf on the Record:“I want to give doctors the ability to prescribe medicine as they see fit. It pains me that anybody, any citizen of Pennsylvania, is not getting the treatment he or she needs because of some legal impediment.”— Penn Live, January 27, 2015“I commend the bipartisan effort to allow Pennsylvania doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. We should not deny a physician’s ability to recommend medical marijuana treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from seizures, those affected by PTSD, cancer patients affected by chemotherapy, and Pennsylvanians suffering from many other ailments and conditions that could benefit from this effective, doctor-prescribed treatment.”— Philly.com, January 29, 2015“We ought to let doctors prescribe the medications that they think their patients need. I don’t think that’s a really unusual thing to ask of our legislators. This passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. I think it would probably pass overwhelmingly in the House, if we can convince the right people to do the right thing.”— Post-Gazette, May 19, 2015“I want doctors to be able to prescribe the drugs that they think their patients need to get better.”— FOX 43, May 22, 2015“The legalization of medical marijuana–I think we ought to allow doctors to prescribe. They’re the experts. We ought to allow them to prescribe the treatments that they feel are best fitted to the challenges facing the person.”— WPXI Channel 11 News, May 21, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img Read more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf March 11, 2016last_img read more

No Balotelli concerns for Rodgers

first_img “He is just in the middle of recovering and we will see the length of time it takes. “I’m not an expert on genetics or medicine, so I can’t comment. All we know is that he had a calf strain on the back of his last injury, and he is working to recover from that.” Liverpool – who, along with Sturridge, are of course also minus the services of last season’s top-scorer Luis Suarez following his summer sale to Barcelona – have had an inconsistent campaign so far, and Tuesday was the first time they had netted in three games. Rodgers admits the responsibility lies with him to find solutions to the Reds’ problems. And in terms of goals, he remains confident that another England striker on Liverpool’s books, Rickie Lambert, will soon start scoring after Tuesday’s match extended his wait for a first goal for the Merseysiders to 10 appearances. “It is up to myself to find the solution,” Rodgers said. “The players who are available are working very hard, and we are still learning about each other. “I think this is something that sometimes is missed – you get new players in and with not as much preparation time, you are learning about them in the games. “But I can see each day relationships growing between the players and the connection in the team. “Whenever you have players out it makes it a bit more difficult, but you need to find the solutions in different ways and that is what we have been trying to do. “Gradually as each day goes by I sense we are getting better. “With Daniel out, of course it is a miss, but it is also an opportunity, as we saw the other night. “(Forward) Fabio Borini was excellent, a real threat, and put in a wonderful cross for the (Balotelli) goal. “And Rickie Lambert, who hasn’t had many opportunities – his goals will come. “He is working tirelessly every day, he had some nice touches and his goals will come.” Rodgers also confirmed full-back Jose Enrique is sidelined by a knee issue. Press Association Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has “no concern” about Mario Balotelli and that the controversial Reds striker does not need any kind of protection from provocation. Then, after his goal, Balotelli was caught up in an off-the-ball confrontation with Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey, and further words were exchanged between the pair after the final whistle as they headed off the pitch. Asked on Thursday for his view of what had happened with Balotelli that evening, Rodgers was in no mood for elaboration. The manager said: “I don’t know, but there is no problem, so we move on.” Then asked about opposition players possibly targeting the 24-year-old, Rodgers added: “I don’t have to protect Mario, he is fine. There is no concern.” Rodgers was speaking at his press conference to preview Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle, and while Balotelli is set to be available, Liverpool will once again be without fellow frontman Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge was ruled out for two to four weeks earlier this month with a calf problem having only just recovered from a thigh injury sustained on England duty, and Rodgers has admitted the 25-year-old needs to get a consistent run of games if he is to become one of Europe’s top strikers. Meanwhile, Sturridge himself has suggested in an interview with talkSPORT that his injury problems may be hereditary – something Rodgers felt unable to comment on when it was raised on Thursday. “I can only concentrate on his injury now and what my medical team here, who are fantastic, are telling me,” Rodgers said. Rodgers will have been delighted to see Balotelli get on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Swansea, the Italy international making the desired impact as a late substitute by prodding home an 86th-minute equaliser to break his eight-match goal drought. But Balotelli was also involved in two other notable incidents, the first coming pre-match when he was sent away from a warm-up exercise by Liverpool coach Mike Marsh – which assistant boss Colin Pascoe, amid reports it had been due to the player messing around, stressed was only because he had sustained a minor knee problem. last_img read more