GUEST BLOG: Why I Changed My Mind About Medical Marijuana

first_imgRead more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: April 13, 2016 GUEST BLOG: Why I Changed My Mind About Medical Marijuana Medical Marijuana,  The Blog Two years ago, I was a no vote on the legalization of medical marijuana, but that was before I heard from families in my district and across the state that will benefit from this important legislation. This bill will allow doctors to prescribe the treatment they see fit to help heal their ailing patients.After hearing from patients, their families, and advocates, I knew we were missing an opportunity to help people who are suffering. I heard from a woman name Erin McCann who shared with me stories of her own child’s struggles with seizures, and Erin urged me to hold hearings. Erin’s story is one we cannot turn our back on.And as a father of three, I cannot simply look into the eyes of these kids and see that suffering without wanting to help.We should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help cancer patients that are receiving chemotherapy or children like Erin’s who suffer from debilitating seizures.It’s no longer difficult for me to vote yes on this bill. In fact, I wouldn’t do anything other than vote yes for this bill.The legalization of medical marijuana will be a relief to great families, like Erin’s, who are suffering right in front of us.As a former law enforcement officer – as a former narcotics officer – and as a parent, I urge final passage of this legislation by the House so Governor Wolf can sign it. It is long past time to provide this important medical relief to patients and families across the commonwealth.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Rep. Mike Vereblast_img read more

Coronavirus: Uefa postpones European club finals

first_img Source: BBC Uefa could authorise one-legged knockout matches for some Champions League and Europa League ties after postponing the finals of all this season’s major competitions.With European football suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was no possibility of the competitions reaching their scheduled conclusion at the end of May.It is still hoped to play the respective finals on 27 June and 24 June, potentially at the end of mini tournaments to be played in Istanbul and Gdansk.The Women’s Champions League final – originally scheduled for 24 May – has also been postponed.There is no guarantee of these matches taking place though and work is now being undertaken to try to work out a formula that would allow the competitions to reach a conclusion.One obvious difficulty is that matches in the men’s competitions are at different stages and countries may be allowed to restart professional football at different times.In the Champions League, four last-16 ties have been concluded, while the second legs of the other four are still to take place. In the Europa League, six first-leg ties have been played but two remain outstanding.While it is hard to see Uefa ruling out the second legs of ties that have already started, they may be willing to let the ones that have not – both involving Spanish sides playing Italian ones – be decided by a single game, with the venue to be decided by the toss of a coin.Quarter-finals and semi-finals could also be played over a single game.It has already been agreed that European club matches could be played on a weekend and it is also understood there is no longer any imperative for the Champions League to be the last club game of the season, raising the possibility of the qualifying rounds for the 2020-21 tournament beginning before the major leagues have concluded.last_img read more