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1 US: U.S. Won't Reclassify PotFri, 12 Aug 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Caldwell, Alicia A. Area:United States Lines:58 Added:08/12/2016

Decision a Blow to Legalization but May Spur Research

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most-dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.

The decision to expand research into marijuana's medical potential could pave the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category. Heroin, peyote and marijuana, among others, are considered Schedule I drugs because they have no medical application; cocaine and opiates, for example, have medical uses and, while still illegal for recreational use, are designated Schedule II drugs.

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2 US PA: PUB LTE: Reclassify MarijuanaWed, 27 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Ackerman, Neill Area:Pennsylvania Lines:31 Added:04/27/2016

Editor: Medical marijuana has now been legalized in 24 states, with about 51 percent of the U.S. population. Its use it well-known for treating patients suffering from a range of serious conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other disorders.

In light of the effectiveness of medical marijuana, I urge our representatives in Washington, including U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright and Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, to take the initiative and sponsor a bill that would remove marijuana from its present classification as a Schedule I substance that has no medical use. That classification is outdated and clearly false.

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3 US: A Wrench In Pot DebateMon, 18 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Smyth, Julie Carr Area:United States Lines:78 Added:04/19/2016

Epilepsy Drug May Undercut Medical Marijuana Activists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets traditional pot users high. CBD products are the current rage in medicinal pot products, and activists fear that if the maker of Epidiolex manages to get FDA approval it could undercut the political momentum of the medical marijuana movement.

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4 US PA: Advocates Want Ok For All UsesMon, 18 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:O'Connell, Jon Area:Pennsylvania Lines:63 Added:04/19/2016

Local Cannabis Activists Say They Have More Work to Do.

A state law signed by the governor Sunday allowing the plant to be used to treat 17 medical conditions is a great start, those at the NEPA Cannabis Rally said, adding that they hope to see all its uses legalized.

It was coincidence that Gov. Tom Wolf signed the law, which opens up cannabis plants for research and treatment of symptoms of multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, on the same day Jeff Zick and his team held an annual rally in Scranton's Nay Aug Park.

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5 US PA: Medical Cannabis LegalMon, 18 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Swift, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:112 Added:04/19/2016

Official: 2 Years to Implement Law

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania now needs to create a new state-regulated industry over the next two years with the governor's signing Sunday of a law legalizing use of medical marijuana for patients and academic research.

This landmark law envisions a role for hospitals, universities and academic medical centers researching the best use of medical marijuana to treat diseases. The state Department of Health under the helm of Secretary Karen Murphy, R.N., Ph.D., a Scranton native, takes the lead role in regulating medical marijuana.

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6 US PA: Editorial: Medical Pot Eases PainFri, 15 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:29 Added:04/15/2016

Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have helped to ease some medical patients' suffering by legalizing the use of prescribed medical marijuana. Now, their task is to see if the same rare bipartisan cooperation that led to the new law can ease the commonwealth's pain from polarized, unproductive governance.

The bill, which also promotes further research into the medicinal value of marijuana, is a healthy departure from the political paralysis that has produced such debacles as the longest budget impasse in Pennsylvania history.

Ultimately, the bill became law because enough lawmakers focused on Pennsylvanians' needs rather than on politics alone.

The same approach by lawmakers, rather than digging in their heels on ideological grounds, might produce similar results on other important but stalled initiatives.


7 US CA: For Californians, Marijuana Growing into Big BusinessTue, 12 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Lovett, Ian Area:California Lines:71 Added:04/13/2016

New State Law Allows Cannabis Companies to Turn a Profit.

ADELANTO, Calif. - After decades of thriving in legally hazy backyards and basements, California's most notorious crop, marijuana, is emerging from the underground into a decidedly capitalist era.

Under a new state law, marijuana businesses will be allowed to turn a profit - which has been forbidden since 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis - and limits on the number of plants farmers can grow will be eliminated.

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8 US PA: PUB LTE: Suspension UnjustFri, 01 Apr 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Ackerman, Neill Area:Pennsylvania Lines:44 Added:04/01/2016

Editor: I read with disbelief the March 25 article, "Cops: Teacher smoking pot at St. Pat's parade."

I had to reread it. On a day when the beer taps are open from early morning hours and revelers of various states of inebriation are in the streets, the police arrested a Pittston Area teacher and her friend for smoking marijuana at a picnic table away from the crowd.

She was not only arrested, she was suspended by the Pittston Area School Board. The suspect, Tia Biscotti, was engaged in an activity that is illegal in Pennsylvania, but legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. It did not occur while she was teaching and she was not on school property.

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9 US PA: PA. Senate: House Pot Bill FlawedSat, 26 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:38 Added:03/26/2016

HARRISBURG (AP) - Some key Senate backers of medical marijuana legalization are expressing concern about a marijuana bill passed by the House last week, raising the possibility of a delay in getting the drug into the hands of Pennsylvania patients suffering from conditions such as cancer and epilepsy.

Senate staff and lawyers found what they say are numerous flaws in the legislation passed by the House last week.

Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, who sponsored the initial bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last year, might press for changes and another vote by both chambers instead of agreeing to the House version and sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

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10 US PA: Editorial: Hip To HempFri, 25 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:38 Added:03/25/2016

The biggest news in Pennsylvania involving marijuana is the new law authorizing its use as medicine, which was long overdue. But a bill also is pending in the Legislature that would authorize something involving the plant that is even more overdue. It would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.

The plant is a form of marijuana that does not contain THC, the chemical that makes pot either high-inducing or therapeutic.

But hemp is incredibly versatile otherwise. Around the world, it is grown in more than 30 countries and used in more than 25,000 products. According to the Congressional Research Service, the United States imported about $600 million worth of hemp in 2013.

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11 US PA: Editorial: Medical Pot Suspicion Up In SmokeMon, 21 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:46 Added:03/21/2016

Amid a long and dispiriting budget battle, Republican state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf found common ground last week on an important bill to expand the arsenal of safe drugs used to combat pain.

The House passed a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 149-43. In the process, representatives rejected a series of poison-pill amendments by misguided law-and-order advocates that would have made the bill impossible to implement in practice.

Sen. Mike Folmer, a conservative Republican from Lebanon who helped shepherd a similar bill to passage in the Senate last year, expected that the House and Senate bills will be reconciled and sent to Mr. Wolf, who plans to sign it.

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12 US PA: Examining Area's Addiction ScourgeSat, 19 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Kohut, Joseph Area:Pennsylvania Lines:159 Added:03/19/2016

With Region in Grips of Drug, Alcohol Habits, Hearing Looks for Solutions.

The amount wasn't much.

In Florida, Bobby Long's doctor wrote him a prescription in the winter of 2013 to take 5 milligrams of oxycodone four times a day to curb his sudden neck and arm pain. The patient didn't want to, and the doctor didn't want him to. Both knew Mr. Long was seven years sober from alcohol and cocaine addiction, but tramadol wasn't touching the pain.

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13 US PA: House Ok's Pot BillThu, 17 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Swift, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:66 Added:03/17/2016

PA. Would Allow Medical Treatment, Research Uses

HARRISBURG - Both patients and academic researchers would have access to marijuana for medical purposes under milestone legislation to place Pennsylvania among the ranks of states with legal cannabis programs.

The measure approved by House l awmakers Wednesday envisions a research role for hospitals, universities and academic medical centers into the use of medical marijuana to treat diseases.

The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton sees a potential avenue for getting involved with medical marijuana research in the future.

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14 US PA: House Debates Marijuana BillTue, 15 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Scolforo, Mark Area:Pennsylvania Lines:49 Added:03/15/2016

HARRISBURG (AP) - The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took up a proposal Monday to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, a potential breakthrough for supporters who have worked for several years to get legalization through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The debate began with passage of an elaborate amendment, crafted by a bipartisan task force, laying out rules for how the program would work, including eligibility and regulations. It was approved by a 152-38 vote, but the measure still requires a final House vote.

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15 US PA: OPED: Moral Obligation to Legalize Medical MarijuanaSun, 06 Mar 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Regan, Mike Area:Pennsylvania Lines:92 Added:03/06/2016

This legislative session has been a difficult one, with a drawn-out and contentious debate about the budget and slow progress on an issue that is vital to thousands of Pennsylvanians who face devastating illnesses - medical cannabis.

The Legislature has been considering some form of a medical cannabis bill since 2009 and every two years the session ends before anything is done to help suffering patients.

Last May, the Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 3, the latest incarnation of this much-needed bill. During the summer, I served on a working group appointed by House Majority Leader Dave Reed to examine the issue.

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16 US NY: Ithaca Mayor Proposes Supervised Heroin UseTue, 23 Feb 2016
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Klepper, David Area:New York Lines:81 Added:02/23/2016

In New Approach, City Plans to Treat Addiction As Public Health Issue.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The mayor of Ithaca wants his city in upstate New York to host the nation's first supervised injection facility, enabling heroin users to shoot illegal drugs into their bodies under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by police.

The son of an addict who abandoned his family, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is only 28 years old, but knows intimately how destructive drugs can be. As he worked his way from a homeless shelter into the Ivy League at Cornell University and then became Ithaca's youngest mayor four years ago, Mr. Myrick encountered countless people who never got the help they needed.

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17 US: Evolving Public Attitudes On Marijuana Cloud RaceTue, 03 Nov 2015
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:57 Added:11/07/2015

WASHINGTON - Pot is very much on the minds of voters, with millions poised to decide whether to legalize it. That raises a tantalizing question for presidential candidates: Is there political opportunity in the wind?

Some are beginning to believe there is.

The latest sign was the fullthroated call last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders to end federal prohibition. With that one move, the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination plunged into uncharted territory - and, arguably, so did the presidential race.

Never before has a contender with so much to lose so unequivocally suggested that smoking a joint should be viewed the same as drinking a beer, at least in the eyes of the law.

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18 US PA: Flynn Sees Potential In HempSun, 11 Oct 2015
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Wellock, Bill Area:Pennsylvania Lines:47 Added:10/12/2015

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.

"To me it seemed like there was no reason for it to be illegal," he said.

Mr. Flynn, D-Scranton, became a key cosponsor of House Bill 967, which creates a pilot program for growing hemp in Pennsylvania. The House Agriculture Committee just voted 24-0, with three members not voting, to move the bill out of the committee.

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19 US PA: Pa. Ponders Possibility Of Medical, Legal PotSun, 11 Oct 2015
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Wellock, Bill Area:Pennsylvania Lines:273 Added:10/11/2015

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.

Mr. Kaufer, R-Kingston, was a member of a bi-partisan working group in the state House of Representatives looking at the issue of medical marijuana. After months of research and meetings, the group sent its conclusions to House Majority Leader Dave Reed in September. The conclusions gave guidelines for how a potential medical marijuana program could be implemented.

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20 US: Pot Industry Pushes For Bank AccessTue, 21 Jul 2015
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Hotakainen, Rob Area:United States Lines:89 Added:07/22/2015

Law Prohibits Businesses From Accepting Checks, Credit Cards, So They Deal Only in Cash.

At the Cannabis Club Collective in Tacoma, Washington, Brian Caldwell has installed a top-of-the-line alarm system, motion sensors and a safe, hoping to protect the cash he collects from the 200-plus customers who buy marijuana at his store on an average day.

"We pretty much had to make a bank within our walls," he said.

And at Auntie Dolores, a marijuana edibles shop in Oakland, California, Julianna Carella uses pouches to bag her cash at the end of the day, then sticks it in her trunk, feeling nervous as she drives away.

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