"I am very encouraged by their forward thinking and their progressive stance on this, because this reaches all spectrums of society. I really enjoyed speaking to them," Manypenny said.
"I have talked to law enforcement officers about this. Three out of ever four law officers had no problem with legalizing medical marijuana. I have also been getting some phone calls from pastors and ministers supporting our legislation."
The Silver-Haired Legislature also passed mock legislation that would make cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, available by prescription only.
"I was particularly pleased with that, since our state has a terrible problem with drugs," Moore said.
He said the Sudafed bill was "a counterbalance to legalizing marijuana, which is certainly not as bad as alcohol and tobacco."
Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient in medications like Sudafed, Allegra D and Claritin-D that relieve sinus pressure related to colds, allergies and other sinus problems.
Clandestine meth labs in the state and throughout the nation -- often operating in apartments and homes with many neighbors living nearby - create toxic fumes and can cause fires and explosions.
"Controlling access to a critical ingredient in methamphetamine production could go a long way," the Silver-Haired Legislature's position paper states, "toward protecting West Virginia children and innocent adults who are now exposed by the thousands to the potentially deadly effect of meth labs and manufacturing."
The Silver-Haired Legislature also approved a position paper to make organ donations automatic, unless a deceased person had previously registered not to become an organ donor.
Today, West Virginians must specifically sign up to become organ donors.
"About 90 percent of Americans say they support organ donations, but only about 30 percent actually get around to volunteering," the position paper states.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services reports an average of 79 state residents receive organ transplants every day, while another 18 people die waiting for organs that never became available for their needed transplants.
Today, there are more than 118,000 people in the country who are on organ transplant waiting lists.Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.