US PA: Sen. Leach, Pushes For Medical Cannabis
The Times Herald, 02 Mar 2015 - Bill to Allow Nonsmoking Use Wins Bipartisan Support A Delaware County Democratic senator continues the push to legalize medical marijuana, but dual-party support might not be enough to push along the legislation.
US PA: Pa. Seen Near A Medical Pot Law
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 Feb 2015 - Sponsors of a Bill in the House Predict Easy Passage in the Senate and Say Legalization Could Come As Early As July. HARRISBURG - With the state Senate and the governor on board, and House leaders showing positive interest, lawmakers advocating for medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania say they are convinced it will become law as early as July.
US PA: PUB LTE: The Endless War
Philadelphia Daily News, 17 Feb 2015 - After reading the article about the mother who pursues her addicted son in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, my heart breaks for her and the families of addicts. Generations of teenagers and young adults have found themselves addicted to heroin and/or crack cocaine, searching for their next fix in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. President Nixon announced the War on Drugs a long time ago. This is an endless war with only lost lives and fractured families listed as causalities. The continuous efforts of arresting buyers and sellers of narcotics have historically failed. We now have two, maybe three generations of this behavior. Is there a new answer or approach to these problems? Is addiction a health problem or is it a combined law-enforcement and health problem.
US PA: Column: Marijuana Legalization Could Unlock Votes for
Daily Review, 09 Feb 2015 - Despite the stereotypical image of the stoner who is so lacking in motivation he can't get off the couch, a look at recent elections shows that marijuana actually does motivate people - to vote. And the phenomenon is most profound among millennials, as illustrated in the presidential swing state of Florida last November. Those who want to see a Republican in the White House should take note - millennials could be the deciding vote in 2016, and marijuana law reform could be a key issue.
US PA: Opioid Deaths Focus Of Drug War
Pottstown Mercury, 09 Feb 2015 - While heroin continues to claim lives at an alarming rate, officials said prescription drugs now cause more deaths than all illegal street drugs combined. The war on drugs may be best known for the law enforcement's fight against the illegal drug trade, but these days another battle is waging against the rising death toll caused by fatal overdoses.
US PA: Column: Marijuana and Youth: Much Still Not Known
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Feb 2015 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement on marijuana and its effects on adolescents and children. Sadly, the main theme is, "We don't know." Among the issues the academy explores:
US PA: Rising Toll Of Death
The Daily Local, 08 Feb 2015 - At least 52 people in Chester County died from drug use last year, and police are responding The war on drugs may be best known for the law enforcement's fight against the illegal drug trade, but these days another battle is waging against the rising death toll caused by fatal overdoses.
US PA: PUB LTE: Going To Medical Pot
The Times-Tribune, 08 Feb 2015 - Editor: I am excited about Gov. Tom Wolf 's willingness to sign a medical cannabis act into law. I use cannabis instead of marijuana because I don't like referring to a medication by a street slang term. When it becomes law, as a pharmacist, I would like to see things happen involving the state's health care professionals. If physicians will write prescriptions for medical cannabis, shouldn't registered pharmacists dispense it ? We don't want the laity dispensing narcotics for medical purposes - unfortunately, plenty makes it onto the street. Dispensing controlled substances without skimming off the top is what a pharmacy's staff does.
US PA: PUB LTE: Taxing, Regulating Marijuana Is A Cost-effective
The Citizens' Voice, 06 Feb 2015 - Regarding your thoughtful Feb. 1 editorial, not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but all adult use should be legal and regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn'??t fight crime, it fuels crime.