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.
US PA: PUB LTE: Pennsylvania Can Have Country's Best Medical
The Patriot-News, 13 Sep 2014 - Pennsylvania has not only become part of the national movement to legalize medical marijuana, but has shown the rest of the country what a really well written bill looks like. SB 1182 is considered the best in the country. It's so good that the Senate floor vote on Sept 16 should be 46-4 or better. It was voted out of the law and justice committee unanimously. A group named the Campaign for Compassion, in conjunction with Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer, is now considered the strongest lobby in Pennsylvania. Not one of the 1,015 members are paid.
US PA: PUB LTE: PA. Needs a Truly Beneficial Medical Marijuana
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 13 Sep 2014 - As our politicians reconvene in Harrisburg on Monday, there will be a group of patriots from all over the state to greet them with their support of medical marijuana. I urge all Pennsylvanians to do their own research on this. They will find that it is a safe alternative to many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed every day with far less harmful side effects. There are a lot of politicians supporting a CBD-only bill. CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive. But for a lot of people, for the medicine to work properly, some THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is psychoactive, must be used.
US PA: Philadelphia Nears Deal To Ease Marijuana Laws
New York Times, 12 Sep 2014 - People in Philadelphia caught with small amounts of marijuana or smoking it in public may soon face no more than a written citation and a modest fine as the City Council moved Thursday to decriminalize the drug after a reversal by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. The mayor, who had scoffed at arguments that black men are unfairly targeted in arrests involving marijuana, announced his support of decriminalization this week. He had declined to sign a bill the Council passed in June, saying it needed more study.
US PA: LTE: Easing Up On Pot Smokers No Easy Thing
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Sep 2014 - No one wants to ruin the future of a young adult caught with a small amount of marijuana ("Marijuana compromise," Sept. 9). However, decriminalizing the offense can be complicated, as Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey notes. For instance, what do you do with recidivists? The city's legislation does not address this issue. Nine percent of all marijuana users become chronic users; among teens, it's 15 percent. What message does decriminalization send to middle and high school students? The wrong message.
US PA: PUB LTE: Legalize Medical Marijuana
Tribune Review, 11 Sep 2014 - Medical marijuana has been known since Phoenician times for its healing and psychologically uplifting properties for most. I am speaking specifically about the plant being used as delineated in Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182. When passed, Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to exercise its states' right to afford doctors the option of prescribing it.