US PA: Column: There's No Point In Continuing Ban On Pot
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 29 Jul 2014 - Everyone reading this column must know someone who currently smokes or has smoked marijuana. They're family members, friends, loved ones, acquaintances, bosses, employees and people we sit next to on buses commuting to work every day. We don't spend a lot of time worrying about whether these people will become hard-core addicts. We'd be more worried about them if they were binge drinkers. They're not criminals, despite the shady ways many of them go about procuring what has been an illegal product for nearly half a century.
US PA: Editorial: Time For A Truce
Philadelphia Daily News, 28 Jul 2014 - As the War on Drugs Ebbs, So, Too, Should the War on Nonviolent Offenders THE NATION'S retreat from a maniacal and misguided mission to arrest and imprison our way out of our illegal drug problem has taken another important step.
US PA: Delaware Valley Students Who Refuse Random Drug Test
The Pocono Record, 25 Jul 2014 - A surprising detail was revealed when the Delaware Valley School Board recently made a minor language revision to its controversial drug testing policy. The board removed the method of blood testing from the policy because the method is not used at Delaware Valley.
US PA: Kenney Dedicates Hotline To Marijuana-arrest Stories
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Jul 2014 - Pick up that cellphone and make a call. Tell how being arrested for a small bit of marijuana in Philadelphia has changed your life. That's the latest request from City Councilman James Kenney as he continues to pound on Mayor Nutter to sign into law a measure that would make possessing a small amount of pot punishable by only a $25 fine, with no arrest.
US PA: Former Hughestown Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Drug
Times Leader, 15 Jul 2014 - SCRANTON - Robert F. Evans Jr., 38, Moosic, has pleaded guilty to a charge that he distributed oxycodone on numerous occasions between August 2012 and July 29, 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday. At the time of the offense, Evans was employed as a police officer with the Hughestown Borough Police Department.
US PA: PUB LTE: Light Up, And Lighten Burden Of Drug War
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 Jul 2014 - Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be legal nationwide ("Drug warriors," July 7). In 2012, there were 749,825 marijuana arrests nationally, almost 90 percent for simple possession. This massive public expenditure brands otherwise law-abiding citizens as criminals while providing no societal benefit.
US PA: Medical Marijuana Advocates Push for Vote in Capitol
Standard-Speaker, 09 Jul 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - About two dozen mothers, grandmothers, nurses and small children are in the Pennsylvania Capitol to ask state senators to advance medical marijuana legislation. Dana Ulrich of Lancaster County said Tuesday that they are asking senators to vote the bill out of the Appropriations Committee and pass it before leaving the Capitol for the summer.
US PA: Editorial: Drug Warriors
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 07 Jul 2014 - The Joana family lost their 15- month-old daughter, Sabina Rose, in December to Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that starts in infancy. Since then, at least 14 other American children have died of Dravet syndrome and other forms of epilepsy. Although medical marijuana is thought to alleviate the symptoms and is legal in New Jersey, where the Joanas live, the state's program is so stringent that the families of Sabina Rose and other children like her have been unable to obtain derivatives of the drug. To qualify for New Jersey's medical marijuana program, a patient must have a specified condition diagnosed by a certified doctor, such as a seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, cancer, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy, glaucoma, or a terminal illness with a prognosis of fewer than 12 months to live.
US PA: PUB LTE: Next, Troops Quartered In Our Homes?
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 04 Jul 2014 - Just what problem are we solving by seizing the home of a 69-year-old widow because her son sold a small amount of marijuana out of her house ("Revisiting civil forfeiture," June 30)? Perhaps it's a problem of drug enforcement impotence at District Attorney Seth Williams' office. And that would be true across the country, as the war on drugs through policing, seizing, and sentencing is an expensive, colossal failure. This kind of domineering action adds to our city's problems - more displacement, more asset-poverty, and more mistrust and bile toward not just the police and district attorney, but all of us who can afford not to be this widow. Janet Lorenz, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom