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Pennsylvania Committee Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Legislation that would decriminalize an individual’s first two instances of personal marijuana possession has been passed by a key House committee in Pennsylvania. House Bill 928 would reduce the penalty for possessing marijuana for the first and second  time from a misdemeanor to a fine of $300 with no possibility of jail time (given the …

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Pennsylvania Adds Four New Medical Cannabis Conditions, Including Opioid Use Disorder

Pennsylvania has officially added four new medical conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program, including becoming the first state in the nation to allow medical marijuana for opioid-use disorder. “We have expanded the number of serious medical conditions to include neurodegenerative diseases, terminal illness, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and opioid-use disorder,” said Secretary of …

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Deschedule Marijuana

Pennsylvania’s full Senate has unanimously passed a resolution urging the federal government to remove marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance. Senate Resolution 258, filed by Senator Anthony Williams (D), was given approval today by the Pennsylvania Senate in a unanimous 46 to 0 vote. The resolution urges the Congress of the United States “to …

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Votes Unanimously on Resolution Urging Feds to Remove Marijuana from Schedule 1

A Senate committee in Pennsylvania has approved a resolution calling for a change in federal marijuana laws. Pennsylvania’s Senate State Government Committee has voted unanimously (9 to 0, with one absence) to approve Senate Resolution 258, which is “A Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove marijuana as …

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Pennsylvania: Permitted Hemp Crops to Grow From 50 to 5,000 Acres in 2018

Pennsylvania officials plan to increase the number of acres permitted for the cultivation of industrial hemp next year from less than 50 acres to over 5,000, reports 90.5 WESA, a National Public Radio station. This year marked the first time since the 1930s that farmers in Pennsylvania could legally grow hemp, thanks to legislation approved …

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Report: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession in Pennsylvania

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director African Americans in Pennsylvania are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession …

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Lawmakers in York Pass Ordinance to Decriminalize Marijuana for Those 18+

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The York City Council has given approval to an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of slightly over an ounce of marijuana. The ordinance, approved on a 4 to 1 vote, decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those 18 and older: The measure was introduced by Councilmember Judy Ritter-Dickson. Under the …

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Pennsylvania Senate Tells Feds to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

Pennsylvania’s full Senate has passed a resolution urging the federal government to reauthorize an amendment that protects state medical marijuana laws. Senate Resolution 36 was adopted today by the Senate with an overwhelming 47 to 2 vote. The resolution was filed by Senator Michael Folmer with 11 bipartisan cosponsors. According to the resolution’s official language: …

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

A Senate committee in Pennsylvania has passed a resolution urging federal lawmakers to reauthorize an amendment that prevents the Justice Department from interfering with state-level medical marijuana laws. The Senate State Government Committee passed Senate Resolution 36 with a unanimous 10 to 0 vote. It must now be passed by one more committee before it …

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If Pennsylvania Legalizes Cannabis, State Would Garner over $200 Million in Annual Taxes

If Pennsylvania legalizes cannabis in a manner similar to Colorado, the state would garner over $200 million in new taxes every year. This is according to the state’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who held a press conference to discuss the financial benefits of legalization. According to DePasquale, the $200 million projection is based on the …

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