Pubdate: Fri, 15 Apr 2016
Source: Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Copyright: 2016 The Citizens' Voice


Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have helped to ease some 
medical patients' suffering by legalizing the use of prescribed 
medical marijuana. Now, their task is to see if the same rare 
bipartisan cooperation that led to the new law can ease the 
commonwealth's pain from polarized, unproductive governance.

The bill, which also promotes further research into the medicinal 
value of marijuana, is a healthy departure from the political 
paralysis that has produced such debacles as the longest budget 
impasse in Pennsylvania history.

Ultimately, the bill became law because enough lawmakers focused on 
Pennsylvanians' needs rather than on politics alone.

The same approach by lawmakers, rather than digging in their heels on 
ideological grounds, might produce similar results on other important 
but stalled initiatives.
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