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  1. US PA: PUB LTE: PA. Needs a Truly Beneficial Medical Marijuana
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 13 Sep 2014 - As our politicians reconvene in Harrisburg on Monday, there will be a group of patriots from all over the state to greet them with their support of medical marijuana. I urge all Pennsylvanians to do their own research on this. They will find that it is a safe alternative to many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed every day with far less harmful side effects. There are a lot of politicians supporting a CBD-only bill. CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive. But for a lot of people, for the medicine to work properly, some THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is psychoactive, must be used.
  2. US PA: PUB LTE: Pennsylvania Can Have Country's Best Medical
    The Patriot-News, 13 Sep 2014 - Pennsylvania has not only become part of the national movement to legalize medical marijuana, but has shown the rest of the country what a really well written bill looks like. SB 1182 is considered the best in the country. It's so good that the Senate floor vote on Sept 16 should be 46-4 or better. It was voted out of the law and justice committee unanimously. A group named the Campaign for Compassion, in conjunction with Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer, is now considered the strongest lobby in Pennsylvania. Not one of the 1,015 members are paid.
  3. US PA: LTE: Easing Up On Pot Smokers No Easy Thing
    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Sep 2014 - No one wants to ruin the future of a young adult caught with a small amount of marijuana ("Marijuana compromise," Sept. 9). However, decriminalizing the offense can be complicated, as Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey notes. For instance, what do you do with recidivists? The city's legislation does not address this issue. Nine percent of all marijuana users become chronic users; among teens, it's 15 percent. What message does decriminalization send to middle and high school students? The wrong message.
  4. US PA: Philadelphia Nears Deal To Ease Marijuana Laws
    New York Times, 12 Sep 2014 - People in Philadelphia caught with small amounts of marijuana or smoking it in public may soon face no more than a written citation and a modest fine as the City Council moved Thursday to decriminalize the drug after a reversal by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. The mayor, who had scoffed at arguments that black men are unfairly targeted in arrests involving marijuana, announced his support of decriminalization this week. He had declined to sign a bill the Council passed in June, saying it needed more study.
  5. US PA: PUB LTE: Legalize Medical Marijuana
    Tribune Review, 11 Sep 2014 - Medical marijuana has been known since Phoenician times for its healing and psychologically uplifting properties for most. I am speaking specifically about the plant being used as delineated in Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182. When passed, Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to exercise its states' right to afford doctors the option of prescribing it.
  6. US PA: Bill To Reduce Penalties On Pot
    Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep 2014 - Philadelphia's City Council is expected to pass a bill decriminalizing marijuana next week after a review of drug arrests showed city police were overwhelmingly targeting black men and women when enforcing marijuana laws, city officials said. Mayor Michael Nutter and City Councilman James Kenney announced the agreement to decriminalize marijuana.
  7. US PA: PUB LTE: Old Attitudes About Marijuana Should Be
    The Express-Times, 10 Sep 2014 - Imagine something that might make you feel irritable or depressed, talkative or confused ... giving you illusions (delusions?) of grandeur, and even paranoia. Am I thinking about marijuana? No, I'm thinking religion! Writer Dan Lyons, who often lectures the rest of us on his perceived religious certainties, lays out a pretty paranoid view of marijuana usage (letter, "Confusion persists about dangers of marijuana," Sept. 9). It can make you hungry or thirsty ... oh, the horror! It affects your central nervous system! (So does a good cup of coffee.)
  8. US PA: Philadelphia Poised to Make Pot Possession Akin to a
    The News-Item, 10 Sep 2014 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) - City officials have given the green light to a bill that would allow the Philadelphia Police Department to stop arresting people from possessing small amounts of marijuana. The original bill passed City Council in June with a veto-proof majority. Mayor Michael Nutter's spokesman said Monday that he would sign it.
  9. US PA: Weed Bill Now A Joint Effort
    Philadelphia Daily News, 09 Sep 2014 - MAYOR NUTTER and Councilman Jim Kenney have struck a deal on the councilman's bill to end mandatory arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Kenney's bill, which would decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, was passed by Council, but the mayor has refused to sign it.

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