US PA: PUB LTE: Research Needed
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 Jan 2016 - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's decision last month to relax requirements for marijuana-derived research is encouraging. The Pennsylvania Medical Society, on behalf of our members and their patients, urges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also work to support research that will lead to the development of safe treatment options. We also urge the FDA to reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance to facilitate research across the country.
US PA: Sheriff's Deputy Among Three Men Charged in Marijuana
The Patriot-News, 05 Jan 2016 - A sheriff's deputy is among three California men charged by police in York County in connection to 247 pounds of marijuana seized last week after a traffic stop in the Hanover area. Christopher Heath, 37, of Bangor, had his badge and service weapon when he was arrested last Tuesday, along with Ryan Falsone, 27, of Oroville, and Tyler Long, 31, also of Bangor. All three have been charged with delivery of marijuana, criminal conspiracy to deliver marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
US PA: LTE: Heroin Is Violence
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 Dec 2015 - I read with astonishment your Dec. 19 front-page article about the Clairton heroin dealer who had his sentence commuted by President Barack Obama ("Clairton Native's Term Commuted," Dec. 19). The article described what a truly nice guy he is. I personally know six young people who had their lives destroyed by drug dealers, two overdosed and died. Their families would not agree that drug dealers are truly nice guys or that they engage in nonviolent behavior.
US PA: Pittsburgh Council Votes to Decriminalize Small Amounts
Washington Post, 22 Dec 2015 - The Pittsburgh City Council voted Monday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, falling in line with a growing number of municipalities that have taken similar actions in recent years, city officials said. Under the ordinance passed on a vote of 7 to 2, police in Pittsburgh will begin to issue fines of $25 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana and $100 for smoking it in a public space instead of citing for misdemeanors. The ordinance is subject to approval by Mayor Bill Peduto (D), who has voiced support. - - Reuters - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
US PA: PUB LTE: Stalling On Marijuana Vote
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 Nov 2015 - I am a Pittsburgh mom, and my daughter, Hannah, suffers from LGS, a catastrophic form of pediatric epilepsy and a condition that can be treated with medical cannabis. Not only has cannabis been found to reduce or eliminate seizures, but treatments with high THC content also can be used as a safer alternative to dangerous rescue medications.
US PA: Man Jailed After Cops Mistook Soap for Cocaine on I-78
Morning Call, 17 Nov 2015 - A New York man who spent 29 days in jail after police mistook the homemade soap in the trunk of his rental car for cocaine has worked himself into enough of a lather to file a federal civil rights lawsuit. Alexander J. Bernstein, 32, alleges that troopers from the state police barracks at Fogelsville conspired to fabricate evidence that he was transporting drugs, and knew that the field test they used on the soap wasn't reliable.
US PA: PUB LTE: Drug Addiction Is Not A Moral Failing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 15 Nov 2015 - As a nurse addictions researcher and social worker, respectively, we are disappointed by the orientation, tone and language used in the Nov. 8 Forum article "Three Moms, Three Addicts." The subtext arguably comes across as "we suburban white people from religious homes, with talented and beautiful children who attended good schools were living right, and addiction happened to our kids." This implies both that addiction is a moral failing and that certain communities should not be affected. These ideas are inaccurate and unhelpful. Furthermore, the undercurrents in these women's stories reflect a biopsychosocial model of addiction, but the language in the article reflects the outdated moral model. The underlying issues presented are trauma, mental health and lack of timely access to integrated treatment for substance use or mental health disorders. But the language used here is about being "clean" (vs. dirty), being "blessed" (vs. cursed), "good choices" (vs. bad) and being "good but troubled" (vs. bad), with "tough love" and religion as the implicit solutions.
US PA: PUB LTE: Pot Would Aid Patients
Tribune Review, 15 Nov 2015 - I am writing in support of proposed state legislation providing for the medical use of cannibas in Pennsylvania. The state may be on the brink of legalizing medical marijuana in the near future. Despite scientific data suggesting marijuana's therapeutic properties in certain patient populations, federal agencies are skeptical of its value in healthcare and apprehensive of potential consequences of its legalized use. Medical marijuana has been used for centuries and has proven to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions such as reducing nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy, stimulating the appetite of patients with cancer and HIV, decreasing spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries, and decreasing suffering from chronic pain (American Nurses Association, 2008).
US PA: Column: Who Ordered The Heroin?
Republican & Herald, 08 Nov 2015 - Heroin use in the United States increased by nearly 80 percent between 2007 and 2012 alone, and The New York Times' main reaction to this depressing fact is to be overjoyed that the new addicts are mostly white. The important point is not that ragingly addictive drugs are sweeping small-town-America or young lives are being cut short. What matters is that the drug epidemic is not having a disparate impact.