US PA: Editorial: In the Hydrocodone Debate, Don't Overlook
The Express-Times, 14 Oct 2014 - Have you ever been in pain? Real pain? Then you probably winced a bit when you learned that the federal government has placed hydrocodone, the most prescribed drug in the United States, on a higher shelf at the pharmacy.
US PA: Delay on Marijuana Bill Will Hurt Children
The Citizens' Voice, 10 Oct 2014 - It looks like the medical marijuana bill currently sitting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is probably off the table this year. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.
US PA: Medical Marijuana Bill Hits Brick Wall in PA. House
The Patriot-News, 07 Oct 2014 - Leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives say they aren't saying: "No, never," when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes in Pennsylvania. But they are saying: "No, not yet."
US PA: Column: End War On Drugs With Legalization
Republican & Herald, 06 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and although he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.
US PA: PUB LTE: The Mishra Family
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 06 Oct 2014 - Here we go again! Wasting even more taxpayer money to persecute, excuse me, prosecute someone for selling "drug paraphernalia" ("Feds Renew Focus on Mishra Family," Sept. 28). Let us remember what happened the last time this occurred. Tommy Chong is now on "Dancing With the Stars." Former U.S. attorney Mary Beth Buchanan is now dancing with obscurity. The problem is the definition of "drug paraphernalia." Where the feds see "bongs," others see artfully blown glass knickknacks. Where feds see "roach clips," others see alligator clips used by electricians. What next? Are the feds going to bust UPMC for all those syringes and hemostats it has lying around everywhere? Seems to me there are some reputable charitable groups who actually advocate free distribution of "drug paraphernalia," as in free clean needles to addicts. Should they be arrested?
US PA: Marijuana Activists Make Their Case
The Times-Tribune, 28 Sep 2014 - Wilkes-Barre Cannabis Reform Rally Held at Kirby Park on Saturday. WILKES-BARRE - Ryan Berndt smokes pot. He's also a productive member of society, and he was in Kirby Park on Saturday with a sign proclaiming just that.
US PA: Senate OKs PA. Medical Pot Bill
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Sep 2014 - The Bill Now Heads to the House, Where Its Future Is Uncertain. Gov. Corbett Opposes It. HARRISBURG - The state Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
US PA: Editorial: Weed Law Is Right Step
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Sep 2014 - Too many people have seen their lives upended after being arrested with small amounts of marijuana. The time it took to reach a compromise on marijuana arrests in Philadelphia was worth it. It should lead to a dramatic reduction in the thousands saddled with debilitating criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug for recreational use.
US PA: Editorial: Pa. Should Approve Overdose Antidote
Standard-Speaker, 21 Sep 2014 - Like every state in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has been in the throes of an opiate drug epidemic for several years. But unlike those other states, the commonwealth has not yet allowed emergency personnel a key tool that they could use to prevent overdose deaths. Overdoses on heroin or prescription opiates often are deadly because they stop the user's breathing. An inexpensive, non-addictive, easily administered antidote called naloxone, or Narcan, is readily available. But in Pennsylvania, most first responders who initially handle an overdose patient - police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - are not authorized by law to carry or administer the drug.