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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 […]

UPDATED NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

UPDATED NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

Federal Legislation: Federal: Congress Attempts to Undermine District of Columbia’s Decriminalization Law Federal: Measure Introduced to Form National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Federal: Senate: Vote Remains Pending On House Approved Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids Federal: Measure Introduced to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Federal: Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Introduce ‘Respect State Marijuana […]

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Philadelphia Removes Criminal Penalties for Pot Possession

Beginning on October 20th, 2014, possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be a civil offense with no criminal penalties. That means that once the policy takes effect, Philadelphia will become the largest city to effectively decriminalize marijuana possession. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed the bill into law this last Wednesday, October […]

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 […]

PA Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Removes AIDS, Smoking, Vaporizing

PA Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Removes AIDS, Smoking, Vaporizing

The Pennsylvania State Senate voted in a landslide to pass the state’s medical marijuana bill, which had just been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier in the week. There were only seven votes against the bill, all Republicans. Now, the State House of Representatives will need to make a decision, and quickly, if the bill […]