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: 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: 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: Ohio Pot Advocates Likely To Relight Efforts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 08 Nov 2015 - (AP) - Part herb, part biceps and all smiles, a humanoid superhero named Buddie is catching plenty of blame - and credit - for Ohio voters' rejection of legalized marijuana Tuesday. His inventors wanted the towering bud-turned-mascot to help make Ohio the fifth state to allow recreational and medical pot. Backers from political action group ResponsibleOhio plunged the creature onto college campuses and for months cast his television-friendly visage as a prime face for their statewide drive.
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.
US PA: OPED: Pa. Forfeiture Laws Need Reform
Pottstown Mercury, 01 Nov 2015 - Carol Johnson* of North Philadelphia, 87, carefully saved $2,000 from her pension checks, storing the money in an upstairs bedroom. But in a matter of minutes, it was gone - taken by law enforcement after Carol's husband Kevin* was found with two marijuana joints in their home. Carol was never charged with a crime, but it didn't matter. Under Pennsylvania's civil asset forfeiture laws, cash, cars and even homes can be forfeited without a hearing on the evidence, without due process, without justice.
US PA: Flynn Sees Potential In Hemp
The Times-Tribune, 11 Oct 2015 - Scranton Rep Cosponsors Bill to Grow Crop in State. State Rep. Marty Flynn has read a lot about hemp, the name for cannabis plant varieties grown for industrial uses, such as fiber. During his research, he kept thinking about the legal status of the plant.
US PA: Pa. Ponders Possibility Of Medical, Legal Pot
The Times-Tribune, 11 Oct 2015 - State House Working Group Sifts Through Claims. The papers and opinions on medical marijuana kept coming across Rep. Aaron Kaufer's desk. Advocates and opponents wanted their chance to convince him. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE Young marijuana plants stand under grow lamps at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Washington state. A total of 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.