Pennsylvania

Tue
20
Jun

Lehigh University Looks to Study Cannabis Effect on Autistic Children

As Pennsylvania prepares to award its first licenses for the fledgling medical marijuana industry, Lehigh University intends to partner with one of the potential growers in the Lehigh Valley to study the effect of the drug on children with autism.

While some parents of autistic children have preached the benefits of cannabis for years, Lehigh's Dean of Education Gary Sasso confirmed Monday that the university wants to collect some of the first quantitative data on the controversial drug therapy. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that specifically allows children with autism to be treated with cannabis.

Fri
16
Jun

Wolf: I'll Protect Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t happy with a letter that surfaced this week from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Thu
15
Jun

Medical marijuana businesses in PA have a cold, hard cash problem

One of the chief concerns about constructing medical marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities in Philadelphia is security. In other states that have legalized medical cannabis, growing sites have become targets for break-ins — but not necessarily because fiending burglars want to get their hands on sweet, medically acceptable kush.

Dispensaries and growers are often targets because of how most of them conduct business: Cash. Most major banks won’t work with marijuana-related businesses for fear of running afoul of federal regulations that stipulate marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug. And that’s expected to create real problems for marijuana-related businesses here in Pennsylvania, as it has elsewhere.

Tue
13
Jun

Will Philadelphia Eliminate Marijuana Drug Testing?

Philadelphia’s Mayor, who said marijuana drug testing keeps people out of the job market, is open to talking about alternatives.

Philadelphia government can’t legalize marijuana but it does have the flexibility to make life easier for cannabis consumers by, for example, banning the THC drug test for certain jobs, or, at the very least, prohibiting employers from testing potential employees until a conditional job offer is made, similar to the ban-the-box movement which favors returning citizens.

Fri
02
Jun

California, Florida Among States Offering Breaks to Nonwhite Marijuana Business Owners

In West Virginia, a new law includes a provision that requires regulators to encourage minority-owned business owners to apply for growing licenses. (Photo by Heath Korvola/ Digital Vision/Getty Images)

In some states that have legalized marijuana, officials are trying to entice nonwhite citizens to join the cannabis industry with breaks aimed at making up for the toll unequal drug enforcement has taken on Black and brown communities.

So far, the booming industry has overwhelmingly line the pockets of white cannabis sellers.

Wed
03
May

Researchers Amazed by Cases of Cannabis Helping Children Failed by Conventional Medicine

Winding through the lush valleys of Pennsylvania the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers flow. At their confluence is the city of three rivers: Pittsburgh.

Long-dubbed "Steel City," Pittsburgh’s industrial landscape has evolved since the heyday of the steel mills. These days, Pittsburgh’s 1,600 technology firms are helping redefine the town, generating $20.7 billion in annual payrolls. Now, Pittsburgh is gradually growing to be a notable player in the cannabis research space, as well.

Fri
28
Apr

Loophole in PA's medical marijuana laws could let dispensaries sell the plant

When the Pennsylvania legislature last year passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, it did so largely under the impression that dispensaries wouldn’t sell the drug in its plant form, but only in infused oils, pills and ointments.

By next year though, when dispensaries begin opening across the state, that may not be the case. A little-known loophole in the law could allow for dispensaries to distribute plant-form marijuana meant for vaporization.

Thu
27
Apr

Pa. releases names of medical marijuana grower applicants

Hundreds of applicants have asked for licenses to grow or sell medical marijuana in Pennsylvania -- including dozens in the state's southeastern corner -- but state officials on Wednesday refused to disclose the locations of any proposed facilities.

In their first accounting of the flood of applications, Health Department officials said they received more than 500 packages by the March 20 submission deadline, and have sifted through 258 applications. Among those were 31 applications to grow and process medical marijuana in Philadelphia or its surrounding suburbs, and 61 to dispense the drug in an eight-county region including the city.

Wed
26
Apr

Pennsylvania Should Legalize Marijuana: Philly Mayor

The mayor of Philadelphia says Pennsylvania should legalize marijuana so police don't have to expend resources on busts like the one in his city over the weekend, according to The Associated Press.

Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, said Saturday's raid at a warehouse hosting a pot-smoking party might have been "overkill." Police arrested 22 people and seized more than 50 pounds of marijuana. About 175 people were allowed to leave without charges, The Associated Press reported.

Tue
25
Apr

Teen Denied New Lungs Due to Marijuana Traces Found in System Dies After Transplant Surgery

A teenager denied new lungs because he had traces of marijuana in his system has died after transplant surgery.

Riley Hancey, 19, was diagnosed with a rare lung infection after both collapsed which he suffered after complaining of the flu.

The shock diagnosis stunned his parents and three siblings who described him as a "healthy teen" who enjoyed winter and summer sports.

Riley was working in Utah, USA, for his brother and at a ski resort when he was struck down with the infection.

He was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital and placed on the transplant list but was denied surgery there after tests showed traces of marijuana in his system.

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