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Urgent Call To Action: Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Bill SB3

Urgent Call To Action: Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Bill SB3

On April 21st, the PA Senate State Government committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 3 (Sen. Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach), a bill originally intended to legalize medical cannabis in PA. SB3 will go to the Senate Appropriations committee for a vote likely on May 4th, and could get a vote on the Senate floor soon […]

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 […]

Philadelphia: Mayor To Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Philadelphia: Mayor To Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Philly NORML Facebook City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation  into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties. Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a […]

MEMORIAL DAY: Medical Marijuana and PTSD

MEMORIAL DAY: Medical Marijuana and PTSD

After Staff Sargent Mike Whiter returned home from serving his country, he tried to kill himself three times. Whiter served in the US Marines for 11 years, including combat tours in Kosovo and Iraq. After his medical discharge, Whiter sought help from the Veterans Administration for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as […]

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

PHOTO: Rachael Friedmann Richard Tamaccio aka Nikki Allen Poe is a cannabis reform activist and founder of The Panic Hour, a Philadelphia comedy-slash-activism group that led monthly Smokedown Prohibition events at the Liberty Bell with PhillyNORML beginning in late 2012. His arrest at a Smokedown event in May 2013, subsequent incarceration, and continuing probation has […]

The Truth About Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Bill SB1182

The Truth About Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Bill SB1182

Pennsylvania’s “Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act,” SB 1182, is a broad and comprehensive medical cannabis bill that does not place any restrictions on THC content and does not limit medical cannabis access to adults. A number of media outlets have reported incorrect information about this bill, comparing it to pending CBD-only legislation in states […]

VETERAN’S DAY: Medical Marijuana and PTSD

VETERAN’S DAY: Medical Marijuana and PTSD

After Staff Sargent Mike Whiter returned home from serving his country, he tried to kill himself three times. Whiter served in the US Marines for 11 years, including combat tours in Kosovo and Iraq. After his medical discharge, Whiter sought help from the Veterans Administration for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as […]

Mothers in Pennsylvania Unite and Fight for Medical Cannabis

Mothers in Pennsylvania Unite and Fight for Medical Cannabis

Featured image: Eugène Carrière’s “The Sick Child”, 1885 I never would have imagined this moment, but I can say with pride, with dignity, and without reservation that I am a mother fighting to get marijuana for my six-year-old daughter, Lorelei. This is no easy prospect because we don’t live anywhere near a place where real […]