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  • ShereeKrider 9:33 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AstraZeneca, , Merck, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Marijuana Party, Pfizer, Rep Matt Baker Pennsylvania Traitor, Rep. Matt Baker, Rich Alloway, Sen. Mike Folmer, Senate Bill 3   

    Big pharma backs both sides in Pennsylvania marijuana debate 

    Written by Mark Walters, Evening Sun | Jun 22, 2015 1:15 PM



    The Medical Cannabis Act, Senate Bill 3, was referred to the Health Committee last month. Introduced in January by Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, the bill cleared the Senate by a 40-7 vote last month.

    (Harrisburg) — A Pennsylvania representative who has said he won’t bring a medical marijuana bill up for a vote has become a target of marijuana activists on social media who say his opposition is being purchased by pharmaceutical companies.

    But state Rep. Matt Baker, R-Tioga County, who chairs the House Health Committee, said in an email that he has never spoken with a pharmaceutical company about marijuana.

    The Medical Cannabis Act, Senate Bill 3, was referred to the Health Committee last month. Introduced in January by Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, the bill cleared the Senate by a 40-7 vote last month.

    Baker’s campaign received $3,000 from political action committees for pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Merck and AstraZeneca in 2014. In 2012, AstraZeneca gave Baker’s campaign $5,000. The same committees, however, paid collectively more money to state lawmakers who voted for S.B. 3, according to the committees’ online reports.

    A Facebook group called "Rep Matt Baker Pennsylvania Traitor" had 943 likes as of June 18 and contains Internet memes that lambast the politician for receiving money from pharmaceutical companies and their political action committees.

    "This page is about raising awareness about PA Rep Matt Baker, his ties to the pharmaceutical companies that pay for his campaigns, who he answers to," according to the group. One post by the group states that Baker received nearly $23,000 from one company in one year.

    Questions surrounding his stance on medical marijuana being purchased are false accusations and a propaganda tactic of radical marijuana activists, Baker wrote in his email.

    "I have always opposed legalizing marijuana as it is a federally-scheduled illegal drug as defined by federal law that has no medical value," said Baker, who has served in the House since 1993.

    Friends of Rich Alloway, a campaign group for Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Chambersburg, received $1,500 from Merck in 2014, according to the committee’s website. Alloway voted in favor of S.B. 3.

    "Candidates for public office receive contributions from political action committees and individuals for a variety of reasons," Alloway wrote in an email. "I believe that those who choose to donate to my campaign do so because they believe in me and the principles that I fight for in Harrisburg."

    When a person or group finds themselves disagreeing with a legislator’s position, they look for justification, Alloway explained in his email. That search, he said, can result in accusing a donor of influencing the legislator’s decision, even though the legislator may simply disagree with a constituent on a particular issue.

    Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, said he has never felt Baker was bought by the pharmaceutical industry. While he thinks it is misguided, Leach said he believes Baker’s opposition to medical marijuana is sincere.

    Leach, who voted for S.B. 3, received $250 from Pfizer in 2014. The pharmaceutical company gave $1,000 to Baker last year, while also paying nearly $9,000 to senators who voted in favor of S.B. 3.

    Contact Mark Walters at 717-771-2032.

    Medical marijuana opponent receives threats at Capitol office

    In addition to social media attacks, state Rep. Matt Baker, R-Tioga County, has also become the subject of threats as a result of his opposition to medical marijuana legislation in the committee he chairs.

    One uniformed officer had to be present in Baker’s office at the Capitol’s Ryan Building on June 1 during a scheduled medical marijuana rally, said Troy Thompson, a spokesman for the state’s Department of General Services, which oversees the Capitol Police.

    Capitol Police received a call from someone who works in Baker’s office, expressing safety concerns, said Thompson, who was not able to provide further details on the threat. A secretary at Baker’s Harrisburg office could not comment on the threat, deferring to Baker.

    Baker said he receives daily phone calls and emails expressing animus and vitriol over his opposition to legalizing marijuana. Verbal and written threats are being closely examined as well as occasional efforts by some that he said could be viewed as harassment and stalking.

    Public policy should have a respectful level of communication and civility, Baker said.

    "Attempts to bully and intimidate anyone in public service that has ideological differences of opinion only creates a disservice to the bedrock principles of democracy, good government and the spirit of civility," Baker wrote in his email.

    Contact Mark Walters at 717-771-2032.

    About the political contributions

    Pfizer’s political action committee paid $2.67 million to state and federal candidates nationwide from January 2013 to December 2014.

    "We contribute to politicians on both sides of the aisle who deal with decisions important to our company, including innovation and access to medicines. We support government officials and candidates who work toward preserving and furthering innovation and expanding access to medicines; those are the two guiding principles for us in considering political donations."

    — Sharon Castillo, media relations for Pfizer

    Merck paid $103,250 to state and federal political campaigns in Pennsylvania in 2014, according to its political contributions report.

    Merck is committed to participating constructively and responsibly in the political process, which includes providing support through the nonpartisan Merck political action committee (PAC). The PAC supports legislators from both major parties who understand and appreciate the work we do to discover and develop medicines and to make them available to the patients who need them.

    — Lainie Keller, director of Merck’s global communications

    Political contributions by candidates’ votes on Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis Act

    Pfizer contributions to Senators from Jan. 2013 to Dec. 2014


    Sen. Jacob Corman, R, $2,000

    Sen. Jay Costa, D, $1,000

    Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D, $1,850

    Sen. Vincent Hughes, D, $1,000

    Sen. Shirley Kitchen, D, $500

    Sen. Daylin Leach, D, $250

    Sen. Robert Mensch, R, $1,000

    Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R, $2,000

    Sen. John Rafferty, R $1,000

    Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R, $2,000

    Sen. Matthew Smith, D, $1,000

    Sen. Kim Ward, R, $1,000

    Sen. Donald White, R, $1,000

    Sen. Rob Teplitz, D, $250


    Sen. Patricia Vance, R, $1,000

    Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R, $250

    No vote

    Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R, $500

    Pfizer gave $1,000 to Rep. Matt Baker in 2014

    Merck contributions to pa Senators Jan. to Dec. 2014


    Costa for State Senate $1,000

    Friends of Andy Dinniman $1,500

    Citizens for Hughes $1,650

    Friends of Bob Mensch Committee $1,500

    Friends of Chuck McIlhinney $1,000

    Friends of Dominic Pileggi $5,000

    Friends of Rich Alloway $1,500

    Friends of Jake Corman $1,500

    Friends of Don White $1,200

    Friends of John Gordner $1,500

    Rafferty for Senate $1,500

    Tomlinson for State Senate $1,000


    Elisabeth Baker for Senate $1,000

    Voters to Elect Vance $2,500

    No vote

    Citizens for Browne $500

    Citizens for Greenleaf $1,000

    Merck gave Citizens to Elect Matt Baker $1,500 in 2014

    AstraZeneca contributions to Senators for 2012


    Friends of Chuck McIlhinney $2,000

    Jay Costa Jr. for State Senate $2,000

    Friends of Jake Corman $3,000

    Friends of Joseph Scarnati $5,000

    Friends of Dominic Pileggi $5,000


    Voters to Elect Patricia Vance $3,000

    AstraZeneca gave $3,000 to People to Elect Matt Baker in 2012


    Medical marijuana: Treatment, oil could reduce kids’ epileptic seizures, but it remains illegal in Pa.

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    Gov. Tom Wolf meets with parents who want medical marijuana legalized for their kids

    Montel Williams lobbying for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

    This article comes to us through a partnership between the Evening Sun and WITF.


  • ShereeKrider 6:53 pm on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Colorado Marijuana Party, kentucky marijuana party, Maryland Marijuana Party, Pennsylvania Marijuana Party, ShereeKrider, Texas Marijuana Party, USMJParty, Virginia Marijuana Party   

    There’s something about me… 

    Sheree Krider

    I do not want to be a politician, nor a lawyer. However, at this point I do wish I had a Law degree!

    But I do not want to be put into a position where I can no longer say what I feel is right, but must succumb to the "for the greater good of the people" clause which they use in order to be able to lie to us with a straight face.

    I originally came to the USMJParty in 2005 as the Kentucky Chair and Website Administrator. In 2010 I accepted VP of USMJParty although an official Charter was never set up.

    In 2011 I appointed William A. Chengelis to Head Chair and Colorado and I resigned the VP position but continued on as Kentucky Chair and help keep up the websites for Kentucky and USMJParty.

    Richard Rawlings who was the former Head Chair/President had resigned due to illness, but was still the owner of all of the Websites for the "Party".

    Upon his death in February of 2013 I was left with the websites and decided to act as the "Organizer" and Kentucky Chair until such time as the USMJParty sets up an Official Charter and can elect a permanent Head Chairperson.

    As Organizer of the U.S. Marijuana Party I can focus on leading the masses thru education and information and get their attention on at least one of the worst Human Rights abuses I have seen in my lifetime with the scope and magnitude of the lies that were spread across virtually the entire GLOBE concerning Cannabis Medications and Hemp, as well as Cannabis for recreational use…

    The U.S. Marijuana Party (USMJP) is a "Anti-Prohibition – Repeal and Nullify" Party with regard to Cannabis/Hemp Laws (vs. Legalization – which "leaves" the plant under the total control of the Government and us without any inherit rights to the plant at all). Effectively it is a Pharmaceutical takeover of the plant.

    WE ARE MOST IMPORTANTLY A HUMAN RIGHTS PARTY. We need educated – (self-taught is always acceptable), informed, and politically motivated people to run for office under the USMJP. We also need dedicated Chair People and others to set up State Chapters. It is only YOU that can help save our Earth and bring it to peace by petition, voting rights, running for office and activism in whatever form. We are Constitutionalists who believe in adhering to the "Civil Rights" which we were given by the Forefathers of our Country. All of these are important: Human Rights, Civil Rights, Constitutional Rights, Religious Rights, PATIENTS Rights, and many more issues as well, including but not limited to: Global Warming, All other Ecological concerns, Coal Fly Ash and ponds, Fracking, GMO’s and their usage. Human Trafficking, Prison abuse, Children’s Rights, 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights, etc., (It goes on and on…)

    After all, as Gatewood Galbraith once said: "There are only two ways to win a war. One is politically and the other to take it to the streets". I damn sure hope the streets isn’t where we end up….

    Peace and Prayers to You All!

    Sheree Krider

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