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Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US PA: Vets Pleased PTSD On Cannabis List

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Oct 2016 - The day after Gov. Christie signed a bill allowing vets to use marijuana for post-traumatic stress syndrome, he was greeted by cheers - - and some boos - as he exited his black SUV and walked to the entrance of the Trenton Statehouse. In a video clip posted on Facebook last month, he was more stunned by the group that was clapping.
  2. US PA: Your Doctor Is Probably More Worried About Your Weight

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Oct 2016 - Doctors in the United States are not terribly concerned about your marijuana use, according to a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Researchers presented a representative sample of 233 primary-care physicians with nine hypothetical patient behaviors -- tobacco use, alcohol use, obesity, etc. -- and asked them how much of a problem they thought these behaviors were on a 10-point scale. Their goal was to suss out differences in doctors' attitudes and treatment behaviors based on their political affiliation.
  3. US PA: The Future Of Medical Marijuana Regulations

    The Reporter, 10 Oct 2016 - Borough could limit locations by zoning code LANSDALE) Borough officials are looking ahead to a topic that looks likely to lead to months of discussion. What sort of local rules and regulations should be put in place for medical marijuana facilities?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.