Pennsylvania

Fri
10
Nov

Marijuana legalization 2017: States and cities where weed won this November

Marijuana remains illegal at a federal level, is classified as a Schedule I drug, and is still seen as a “life-wrecking” substance by the country’s Attorney General. But cannabis advocates made enormous strides in elections across the country this week. By Wednesday, it became clear that, just like last year, a scattering of marijuana-related reforms occurred throughout the United States, including the election of candidates who want to institute those reforms.

Mon
06
Nov

Pennsylvania opens medical marijuana registry for patients, caregivers

For George Armstrong, a veteran with chronic pain and PTSD, marijuana is medicine.

The Chester County resident, along with other patients and caregivers, recently added his name to Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana registry. He said cannabis helps him more than stronger stuff, such as opioids.

“You know, I’m no longer getting six, seven prescriptions a month,” he said. “But guess who has to go out and buy his own medicine now?”

Fri
03
Nov

Is marijuana good for health? How drug laws restrict research of cannabis treatments

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's health department unveiled a landmark registry for its residents who use medical marijuana. The new website will serve as a one-stop hub connecting patients and caregivers to growers, dispensaries, labs and physicians. More than 100 doctors are already linked to the program, with another 200 currently in training. By May of 2018, applicants should be able to pick up their prescriptions anywhere in the state. 

Thu
02
Nov

Pennsylvania: Doctors Approved to certify patients for medical marijuana

More than 100 doctors have been approved as practitioners who are able to certify patients for medical marijuana. State health officials call it a huge development.

"We will get medical marijuana to patients within the next six months. We are one step closer, one step closer,” said Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine.

So far, 14 doctors in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are on the list of approved practitioners, including Dr. Richard Blum, a doctor of internal medicine in Wilkes-Barre.

"I've actually had one of my patients who actually would qualify I suppose he's done his research, knows he has one of the conditions on the list and he'll get it when it becomes available,” said Dr. Blum.

Fri
27
Oct

Pennsylvania county approves medical marijuana policy for employees

Effective Nov. 1, Cambria County and its employees will comply with and abide by Pennsylvania's law concerning medical marijuana use – with county leaders pledging not to discharge, threaten, refuse to hire, or discriminate against those certified to use the drug.

The Cambria County commissioners unanimously approved the policy at a meeting Thursday at the Nanty Glo Food Pantry Warehouse.

According to the policy, it will be a county employee's responsibility to notify the human resources department about his or her certification to use medical marijuana.

Under Pennsylvania's Act 16 of 2016, those with serious medical conditions are permitted to obtain marijuana in the form of a pill, oil, liquid, cream or gel for a medicinal purposes only.

Thu
19
Oct

First marijuana grower and processor to begin operations in Pennsylvania

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health approved medical marijuana grower and processor Cresco Yeltrah to begin planting seeds in Jefferson County, northeast of Pittsburgh.

"Every day we hear from patients who are desperately waiting for medical marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of their serious medical conditions," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. 

"My message to them today is that Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is moving forward and we will have medication to them sometime in 2018," Wolf added.

Wed
18
Oct

Pennsylvania's first legal marijuana crop gets the green light

medical marijuana grower/processor in western Pennsylvania became the first state licensee Tuesday to receive the go-ahead to begin production.

Cresco Yeltrah in Jefferson County, northeast of Pittsburgh, is one of 12 grower/processors licensed for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, the state Department of Health announced.

"Every day we hear from patients who are desperately waiting for medical marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of their serious medical conditions," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. "My message to them today is that Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is moving forward and we will have medication to them sometime in 2018.

Fri
22
Sep

Poll: Majority of Pennsylvania voters support legalized marijuana

Support in Pennsylvania to fully legalize marijuana has reached a record high, according to a poll published Thursday by Franklin and Marshall College.

A majority of voters in the Keystone State, 59 percent, said “yes” when asked if cannabis should be made legal, said polling director Terry Madonna. When pollsters first began asking the question in 2006, only 22 percent were pro-pot.

“Notice the evolution. It’s been a slow and inexorable growth in support during the past decade,” Madonna said. “And it’s important, because Pennsylvania has had a history of being a relatively conservative state on social questions. Nobody has every accused it of being on the cultural vanguard.”

Fri
22
Sep

Poll shows support for legal recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania Auditor General says time to ...

On Sept. 21, Franklin & Marshall College released its latest political poll showing Pennsylvanians are emerging with clear eyes in their support for legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the poll of about 400 registered voters, 59 percent of Pennsylvanians say that recreational marijuana should be made legal. Only 31 percent say that it shouldn’t be made legal, with 9 percent undecided. The support and opposition are both the highest and lowest results, respectively, the poll has ever seen.

Support for legal weed is up 3 percentage points since May 2017 and up 19 points since June 2015.

Wed
30
Aug

Pittsburgh City Council takes first steps for medical marijuana permitting process

The city of Pittsburgh has begun the process of setting up a permitting and zoning process for medical marijuana facilities.

Currently, three dispensaries are set to open in January. All three got special waivers from the Planning and Zoning Board to apply, and were granted permission by Pennsylvania to operate.

Councilman Corey O'Connor introduced a bill that would codify the process by which medical marijuana dispensaries, and eventually possibly growers and processors, could operate.

O'Connor says Pittsburgh has a process set up for methodone clinics, but not marijuana.

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