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About Patrick K. Nightingale, Esq.

Patrick K. Nightingale is a former prosecutor and practicing criminal defense attorney in the Greater Pittsburgh, PA, area. Patrick is the Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML and has been working to bring cannabis reform to Pennsylvania since 2009.

Posts by Patrick K. Nightingale, Esq.:

Pennsylvania: The Financial Waste of Illegal Marijuana

Pennsylvania: The Financial Waste of Illegal Marijuana

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, we’ve seen numerous stories about the windfall of tax revenue reaped by the state, money that is being used for education and social services. What we’ve heard less about is the windfall reaped by the taxpayers of Colorado no longer funding law enforcement efforts to interdict marijuana sales. Consider the case […]

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

Philadelphia Decriminalization Already Paying Dividends in First Month

On October 20, 2014, the City of Philadelphia enacted an ordinance that authorized City of Philadelphia police to charge a summary citation (similar to a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor narcotics offense. In 2012 activists with Philly NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, investigated the police […]

PA Senate Passes Limited Cannabis Products Bill: Too Many Patients Left Out

PA Senate Passes Limited Cannabis Products Bill: Too Many Patients Left Out

In a landmark vote on Wednesday, the PA Senate passed a limited medical marijuana bill that would provide some limited cannabis products to certain qualifying patients in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians suffering from epilepsy, seizure disorder, PTSD, MS and cancer patients will have limited access to medicinal cannabis products. Senators Mike Folmer (R – Lebanon) and Daylin […]

Sick Pennsylvanians Are Out of Time: SB 1182 and Politics

Sick Pennsylvanians Are Out of Time: SB 1182 and Politics

Pennsylvania’s Compassionate Use Act, Senate Bill 1182, will legalize medicinal marijuana for critically ill Pennsylvanians. The bill stands poised to pass the Pennsylvania Senate with widespread bi-partisan support. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously in June. The bill’s prime sponsors, State Senators Daylin Leach (D – Montgomery) and Mike Folmer (R – Lebanon) count […]

Catching up with the Commonwealth: Where Medical Marijuana Stands in PA

Catching up with the Commonwealth: Where Medical Marijuana Stands in PA

  Pennsylvania, The Keystone State, has been less than affectionately known as “The Hinterlands of Cannabis Reform” has some been witness to some important developments that could change the state’s approach to cannabis. Pennsylvanian’s Compassionate Use Act, Senate Bill 1182, enjoys widespread bi-partisan support as it moves to the Appropriations Committee and, with just a […]