Pennsylvania

Fri
13
Jan

Marijuana arrests spike in many Pennsylvania counties - but why?

Counties across Pennsylvania are arresting people for marijuana possession at record levels even as police departments in the Commonwealth’s largest cities are adopting decriminalization procedures.

So why are arrests increasing? To find out, I crunched data, made nice charts, and asked local law enforcement for comment. What I discovered is that police often hope minor pot arrests lead to other, bigger, better crimes or criminals. Police also claim to let a lot of people go for weed, which is also rather difficult to prove.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are trying to keep the bulk of these cases out of criminal courts, but are still throwing the book at some marijuana defendants.

Wed
11
Jan

Pennsylvania Medical Pot Has yet to Impact Agriculture Business

There was little obvious sign of the newest addition to the state's agricultural landscape at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Monday.

While the costs of cultivating medical marijuana make it an unlikely business venture for most farmers, its production is expected to get a lot more notice within the industry.

Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of 17 medical conditions last April. The Department of Health has been rolling out regulations, with the goal of having the drug available for patients next year.

The next steps of a burgeoning industry that grows, processes and dispenses the drug will be hard to ignore.

Fri
30
Dec

GOP Legislator Crossed State Lines for Medical Marijuana

Just over half the states in the union (and the District of Columbia) now have some form of decriminalized cannabis. But for medical marijuana patients living in a state not yet on that list, getting the medicine they need often means crossing state lines in violation of federal law. That’s exactly what one GOP lawmaker did to treat his cancer — and he says he’d do it again.

In 2014, CNN found at least 100 families in Colorado who had essentially “fled” there in order to ensure a regular supply of medical marijuana for a sick family member.

Tue
15
Nov

Cannabis Users More Prone to Rare Broken Heart Syndrome—Study

Smoking cannabis has been known to treat certain forms of cancer, but a recent study has found a link between use of the controversial herb and a heart-weakening condition.

Stress cardiomyopathy, popularly known as broken heart syndrome, shows symptoms eerily similar to a heart attack, including chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting.

The effects of the rare illness, which is often caused by the heart’s inability to pump blood, are usually short-lived but could indicate a more serious condition, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Wed
19
Oct

Philly Apparently Has a Marijuana Mascot & It's Promoting Pop-Up Pot Garden on City's Two-Year Decrim Anniversary

Pot activists are going to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Philadelphia's marijuana decriminalization Thursday by holding a "pop-up pot garden" outside Philadelphia Art Museum.

The pro-pot lobby will also hold a press conference at City Hall in Center City to release statistics about the number of citations issued for small amounts of marijuana.

Mon
17
Oct

Medical Marijuana Rollout a Slow Process in Pennsylvania

It's been six months since Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, and already some seriously ill children have access to the drug.

But qualifying adults won't be able to get medical marijuana until the program is fully in place in early 2018.

By this fall, the state Health Department expects to publish temporary regulations for growers and processors, and by year's end for dispensaries, physicians, patients, caregivers and laboratories.

The state already has approved more than 50 applications for caregivers to bring medical marijuana into the state for sick children.

A look at how the program is developing:

THE BACKDROP: A NEW LAW AND DEVELOPING PROGRAM

Tue
11
Oct

Study Finds Marijuana May Increase Amount of Time Seniors Are In The Workforce

Medical marijuana legalization has allowed researchers to discover new and useful aspects of the plant we may not have even thought of before. From treatment of multiple diseases and illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease to lowering body mass index, Marijuana has taken over as one of the most natural and effective remedies known to man.

Fri
07
Oct

Philly University Is Holding a Marijuana Policy Class Next Year

Next semester, Temple students will have a chance to take a class on a plant they may already be familiar with: marijuana.

But it’s not a class about how to best to enjoy the Three Kings strain. It’s about the plant itself — the difference between cannabis and hemp, the history of its cultivation, the effect it has on a human body, the history of its prohibition, its medical uses and its integration into pop culture. Temple School of Media and Communication professor Linn Washington has partnered with local marijuana activist and writer Chris Goldstein for the class.

Tue
30
Aug

Pennsylvania Governor Says Cannabis Prohibition Clogging Prisons, Hurting Families

Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession in systematic fashion, and remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization in place in several western states.

Wolf said Monday some municipalities have stopped arresting people for possessing small amounts. But he says the state should act because too many people are still going to prison for marijuana possession and that’s clogging prisons and hurting families.

Wolf spoke on WITF-FM’s Smart Talk program.

Fri
19
Aug

PA: Department of Health Seeking Input from Growers, Processors, Patients, and Caregivers for Implementation of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program

"The Department of Health is being very thoughtful and thorough in developing this complex patient and medically-focused program," said Murphy. "Providing the public, our partners, and stakeholders with the opportunity to review the draft temporary regulations and provide feedback before they are published helps us ensure we are being transparent throughout the process. I encourage all interested individuals to visit our website and provide feedback to help us create a high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program for Pennsylvania residents with serious medical conditions."

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