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Pennsylvania

Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US PA: Editorial: Adequate Time For Minor Crime

    Standard-Speaker, 31 Aug 2016 - Gov. Tom Wolf 's call last week for decriminalizing small-scale marijuana possession is not as controversial as it might seem. In effect, it is a call for a uniform state policy to ensure equal justice. Across the state many prosecutors and police agencies already have adopted policies to forgo prosecuting smallamount possession. Instead, they press treatment and rehabilitation, reducing costs associated with prosecuting the cases and focusing resources on more dangerous drugs and large-scale distribution.
  2. US PA: Wolf: Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Pot

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 Aug 2016 - HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, Gov. Wolf said Monday, yet he remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization that is in place in several western states. While some cities have stopped arresting people for possessing small amounts and prosecutors have been downgrading it as a crime, the state should act because too many people are still going to prison for marijuana possession, Wolf said.
  3. US PA: Wolf: Pa. Can Do More To End Marijuana Arrests

    Standard-Speaker, 30 Aug 2016 - HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday, yet he remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization that is in place in several western states. While some cities have stopped arresting people for possessing small amounts and prosecutors have been downgrading it as a crime, the state should act because too many people are still going to prison for marijuana possession, Wolf said.
  4. US PA: OPED: Federal Marijuana Policy In A Haze

    The Daily Local, 26 Aug 2016 - Federal Officials Remain in a Haze When It Comes to Articulating a Comprehensible Policy on Marijuana. Perhaps Last Week's Ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Curtailing the Feds From Prosecuting Legitimate Growers and Distributors Will Help Clear the Air. Half the nation's states, led by California, permit medicinal applications. Four states and the District of Columbia allow recreational use. In November, California could become the fifth.
  5. US PA: OPED: Marijuana Policies Mired In The 1970s

    Republican & Herald, 25 Aug 2016 - The federal government has for years employed a bizarre circular logic when it comes to marijuana. Officially deemed to have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical application, marijuana is listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act - on a par with heroin and LSD. Yet that very listing has severely limited the research that could settle the question of whether marijuana does indeed have therapeutic value, as attested to by countless... ailing people and their physicians who report anecdotally that marijuana eases suffering. Earlier this month, the DEA again rejected requests that it relist marijuana as a Schedule II drug (or lower), a major disappointment for those seeking looser controls. As long as marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug, researchers face stiff controls that limit legal access, even for study purposes. But the DEA also announced that it would expand the number of facilities authorized to grow cannabis for distribution to government-approved researchers.
  6. US PA: Marijuana Use Can Have Unintended Side Effects

    The Citizens' Voice, 22 Aug 2016 - Not everyone who takes marijuana gets high or feels good. Some users panic, the National Institute of Drug Abuse said on its website. Even among patients using marijuana for medical conditions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received "extremely limited reports" of adverse events.
  7. US PA: Pennsylvania Not Alone In Medical Marijuana Stance

    The Citizens' Voice, 22 Aug 2016 - State among several to allow treatment not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Pennsylvania and the federal government disagree about the usefulness of marijuana as medicine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved marijuana as safe and effective for treating any illness, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as recently as Aug. 11 kept marijuana in the same drug category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.
  8. US PA: Medicinal Pot Debate Ignites

    Standard-Speaker, 22 Aug 2016 - Health-care specialists in Pennsylvania prescribe the drug despite the federal government's reluctance to approve it as safe and effective for treating illness. Pennsylvania and the federal government disagree about the usefulness of marijuana as medicine. ELLEN F. O'CONNELL/Staff Photographer The van Hoekelen Greenhouses Inc. facility is located on Lofty Road in Kline Township.
  9. US PA: Will Pot Activist's A.G. Candidacy Go Up in Smoke?

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Aug 2016 - The Libertarian Party's N.A. Poe Was Keeping a Sense of Humor Amid Challenges From Both Major Parties. The State Requires the Attorney General to Hold a License to Practice Law. Poe Doesn't. For N.A. Poe, a marijuana-legalization activist from Philadelphia, running for state attorney general was a lark to draw attention to the issue.