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PA House Chair Rep Matt Baker will kill medical marijuana: “House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker said Friday he has no plans to take up the Senate’s medical marijuana bill — or any medical marijuana bill, for that matter.”
Meanwhile, the latest Quinnipiac poll = 88% PA wants it:
The Pa Senate passed medical marijuana by over 80%. For the second session in a row. Recall that last session, then Majority Leader (now Speaker) Mike Turzai refused to bring it to a vote. So it died. And the whole process went to square one.
And there we have “OUR” process.
Many years ago Russ Diamond painstakingly documented how a small handful of General Assembly leadership plays this game with every, single piece of legislation. I recall he used a number less than 30 individuals who matter, but it has been a while. Mainstream media normally does nothing to reveal this charade of our elected officials working together to blah blah, so bravo to PennLive here. Diamond did so in his perennial masterpiece “Tip of the Spear,” which I continue to recommend all read.
He was roundly scoffed at by members of The Political Class – a term I believe he coined, or at least brought into common use. PA State Rep. Russ Diamond is now an elected legislator. I hope he has retained the scorn for this very process he so accurately showed us.
“I think there are a lot of unresolved issues and when you talk with the scientific groups and the medical community…” Baker says:
There are few issues that haven’t been resolved (beaten to death, actually) during the years of PA Senate hearings and testimony. I can’t understand why the House members can’t just review some of that. It is not like they don’t have the staff to help them. That seems like a smokescreen.
If nothing other than mainstream exposure of our #BrokenSystem comes out of this, at least it is something.
In seemingly (no really, I assure you) unrelated news:
Health Committee Leader Who is “Skeptical of Medical Marijuana” Has Ties to Pain Killer Lobby
Yes, that would be the same PA House Chair Rep Matt Baker. Shame on you.