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, email@example.com - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
US PA: OPED: Legalized Marijuana Raising Risks For Children
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in criticalcare admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
US PA: Column: Revisiting Civil Forfeiture
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 Jun 2014 - A Woman Who Lost Her Home Appeals, Saying She's Punished for Son's Crime. At once tidy and stalwart, but pockmarked, too, with its share of boarded-up homes, Elizabeth Young's neighborhood in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia is the epitome of urban grit.
US PA: Medical Marijuana Closer To Legal Status
Daily Times, 28 Jun 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - People who need marijuana for medical conditions inched closer to being able to get the drug legally following a unanimous vote Friday in a Pennsylvania Senate committee. The Law and Justice Committee approved a bill that would allow marijuana to be grown, processed and dispensed, with oversight by a state Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing.
US PA: Column: The Myths Of Smoking Marijuana
The Daily Local, 27 Jun 2014 - From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana. For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don't entirely know, and, simultaneously, that is precisely the point .