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  1. US PA: Ahead Of DNC, A Meeting On Pot

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Jul 2016 - Activists Had Been Concerned That Citation Policy Would Go Up in Smoke During Convention. Not wanting their protests during the Democratic National Convention to go up in smoke, the men who pushed for the decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia informally met with two of the city's police supervisors Friday to discuss how pot smokers and activists will be handled by authorities during the DNC next week.
  2. US PA: Good Vibes: Police, Pot Activists Meet

    Philadelphia Daily News, 23 Jul 2016 - NOT WANTING their protests during the Democratic National Convention to go up in smoke, the men who pushed for the decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia informally met with two of the city's police supervisors Friday to discuss how pot smokers and activists will be handled by authorities during the DNC next week. "We have a lot of cannabis consumers coming in from out of town - and some of them are delegates," said Chris Goldstein, cochairman of the board of directors of Philly NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
  3. US PA: Wolf Signs Hemp Law

    Standard-Speaker, 21 Jul 2016 - Harrisburg - Three months after Pennsylvania legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law Wednesday allowing for greater cultivation of hemp, another cannabis plant. Farmers will be able to cultivate hemp in connection with state and academic research program as a result. The state Agriculture Department will oversee these programs. The law brings Pennsylvania in line with a recent federal law that allows hemp pilot programs at universities involved with agricultural research.
  4. US PA: Explaining Rules Of Legalizing Pot

    Pottstown Mercury, 19 Jul 2016 - UPPER MERION - Passage of legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marked the end of seven long, hard years of negotiation. Now that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the measure into law, the push is on to explain the ramifications, including possible business opportunities tied to the medical marijuana field. Wolf, who had adamantly backed the bill through approval by both the House and Senate, swiftly added his signature, which made the bill law.
  5. US PA: Sen. Daylin Leach Paves Way for Medical Marijuana in

    The Times Herald, 17 Jul 2016 - UPPER MERION - Passage of legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marked the end of seven long, hard years of negotiation. Now that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the measure into law, the push is on to explain the ramifications, including possible business opportunities tied to the medical marijuana field. Wolf, who had adamantly backed the bill through approval by both the House and Senate, swiftly added his signature, which made the bill law.
  6. US PA: OPED: Penalties To Fit The Crime

    The Citizens' Voice, 13 Jul 2016 - Local officials - and more important state lawmakers - would be wise to study up on Harrisburg's new ordinance reducing penalties for marijuana possession within city limits. After nearly a half-year of debate, which included council meetings and meetings with the public, Harrisburg's city council unanimously approved a measure last week which would essentially equate being busted with a small amount of marijuana to receiving a traffic ticket.
  7. US PA: Leach Paves Way For Medical Marijuana In Pa.

    Daily Times, 12 Jul 2016 - Proposals for Sites Starting to Bubble Up in Delco UPPER MERION - Passage of legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marked the end of seven long, hard years of negotiation. Now that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the measure into law, the push is on to explain the ramifications, including possible business opportunities tied to the medical marijuana field, including a couple that are being bandied about here in Delaware County.
  8. US PA: PUB LTE: Drug Abuse Is A Health, Not Crime, Problem

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 Jun 2016 - When are we going to get past all these drug arrests and imprisonments, repeated year after year without stemming their use ("With Addiction Primed by Pain Pills, Heroin Dealers Move In," June 12)? Can't we stop treating drugs as a crime problem, rather than a health problem? We stopped treating alcohol usage and sale as a crime over 90 years ago. As Michael Botticelli, the White House's director of national drug control policy, admitted recently: "We can't arrest and incarcerate addiction out of people .... It's really inhumane, ineffective, and costs us billions of dollars." Your article cites Gary Tuggle, DEA head in Philadelphia, as saying that "eight of 10 heroin addicts start out as oxycodone users." Now the public should see that opioid prescription pain pills addict many Americans, often older people, some of whom turn to heroin when they can no longer get prescription refills. Thus, we should realize that drug addiction is not a problem of the young or people of color. The "war on drugs" has devastated black communities. "Although the majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are white, three-fourths of all people imprisoned for drug offenses have been black or Latino" wrote Michelle Alexander in her book "The New Jim Crow."
  9. US PA: Parents Caught In Medical Pot's Legal Crossfire

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 Jun 2016 - Prohibited From Taking Drug Across State Lines Parents hoping to treat seriously ill children with medical marijuana cheered when Pennsylvania's new law included a "safe harbor" provision allowing them to import the medicines right away, rather than waiting for the law to take full effect in two years.