pennsylvania

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Incarceration is supposed to be a form of punishment, but it is also supposed to offer the opportunity for rehabilitation and reentry into society. For many individuals languishing in prison, books are there only form of escape. They can also be a form of enrichment, self-analysis, and self-improvement. Historically, prison libraries have provided people with […]

Pennsylvania Man Crushed with Bulldozer Over 10 Cannabis Plants

Pennsylvania Man Crushed with Bulldozer Over 10 Cannabis Plants

Every year, an unknowable number of people died of the result of cannabis prohibition. There are countless people who have medical conditions whose lives could be extended or improve with cannabis medicines. There are also people who died as the result of attempting to buy, sell or grow cannabis in an unregulated market. Some of […]

The First Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Philly Opens Today!

The First Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Philly Opens Today!

In 2016, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act. This Act provides a legal basis for medical use of cannabis for those with qualifying conditions. If a physician certifies that you have a qualifying, serious medical condition, you can participate in the state’s program. It allows you to obtain a permit from the state […]

Pediatric Cannabis Patient Families Who Need Your Support

Pediatric Cannabis Patient Families Who Need Your Support

Imagine your child has a life-threatening illness that conventional pharmaceuticals have not been able to fully control. Now, imagine you’ve found something that does work (medical Cannabis) but you can’t access it on the legal market, do not qualify for it in a medical state, cannot be sure of its quality, and to top it […]

UPenn Professor To Assist in Cannabis Studies Focusing on PTSD

UPenn Professor To Assist in Cannabis Studies Focusing on PTSD

The University of Pennsylvania has a staff member involved in coordinating two proposed studies involving cannabis. Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, whose education and work history involve long-standing efforts with the Veterans Affairs Health Care System, will be helping to determine if cannabis is useful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Bonn-Miller is researcher and […]

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 […]

Congrats to Philadelphia! Today Decriminalization Takes Effect

Congrats to Philadelphia! Today Decriminalization Takes Effect

It’s official: cannabis possession (in small amounts) is now decriminalized within the city limits of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are no longer criminal penalties attached to simple marijuana possession if the individual is carrying 30 grams or less. Instead, those violating cannabis prohibition will simply receive a civil infraction citation (commonly known as a ticket). What […]

Is The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Dead in the Water?

Is The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Dead in the Water?

Monday is the last day for House of Representatives to vote on the Pennsylvania state medical marijuana bill before the end of the 2014 legislative session for the state. Unfortunately, that lack of time doesn’t bode well for activists who were hoping the medical marijuana bill could pass the House in this session. The Pennsylvania […]