Elderly Pottstown Woman Nabbed After Fleeing Pot Conviction 30 Years Ago

Pottstown fugitive Janet Harden in her new mugshot photo.

Pottstown fugitive Janet Harden in her new mugshot photo.

1.7 grams of marijuana is not a lot of pot. If you’re a conservative roller, you might get two decent-sized joints out of such a paltry stash, but one Pottstown woman finds herself in a heap of trouble 30 years after she fled a conviction for smuggling that amount of the drug into a local jail. Read more »

The Checkup: How Your GrubHub Addiction Could Be Good for You — Really!

• In amazing news from the world of science: A new study found that when we order food through a digital platform, we are less likely to make unhealthy choices, as opposed to when we order directly from a human. So if you eat out all the time anyway (which, let’s face it, a lot of us do), you might as well take the talk-free, healthier route and order through GrubHub. And don’t you dare feel guilty about it! [Science of Us]
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Governor Tom Wolf Legalizes Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

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In a move that’s been in the works for some time, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf  announced yesterday that medical marijuana is now legal in the state. The Pa. House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing medicinal pot back in March, the Senate passed it last week, and Wolf has now made good on his promise to approve it once it reached his desk.

“I am proud to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment,” Wolf said in a statement. “I applaud members of both parties in the House and Senate who have come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and want to thank the thousands of advocates who have fought tirelessly for this cause.”

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Pot Crusader N.A. Poe Says Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Stinks

Poe with his 87-year-old grandmother, Lucy, who is holding a bottle of cannabis ointment.

Poe with his 87-year-old grandmother, Lucy, who is holding a bottle of cannabis ointment.

You’d think that a guy who has spent years advocating for marijuana law reform would be positively thrilled by the news that medical marijuana is about to become legal in Pennsylvania, with the state house and senate passing the bill and Governor Tom Wolf expected to sign it. But not the man who calls himself N.A. Poe. Here, the 36-year-old South Philly resident tells us why Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law leaves a lot to be desired. Read more »

Medical Marijuana Could Be Law in Pennsylvania Very Soon

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iStockphoto.com | OpenRangeStock

After a long battle, medical marijuana is poised to be made into law in Pennsylvania.

The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this week; the Senate will be able to vote on the bill as early as Monday.

“I applaud the Pennsylvania House for passing legislation to legalize medical marijuana, and I look forward to the Senate sending the bill to my desk,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “We will finally provide the essential help needed by patients suffering from seizures, cancer, and other illnesses.” Read more »

It’s Not Marijuana, But Synthetic THC Company Has High Hopes

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Zynerba is not a medical marijuana company, but its CEO Armando Anido might know more about the chemical makeup of pot than anyone else.

The Devon, Pa., company is developing synthetic versions of two ingredients in marijuana believed to help people with a variety of health conditions. And it’s big business: The company had a $48 million IPO in August 2015.

The idea is pretty simple. Rather than growing marijuana, extracting its oils then purifying them, Zynerba aims to chemically manufacture CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It’s developing a gel and a patch to treat patients with epilepsy, osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia pain and children suffering from a rare disease called Fragile X syndrome. (No, it won’t get you high, but it could be a serious form of pain relief.) Read more »

Christie: Obama Lax on Weed Because He Used to Smoke Pot

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As we all know, Chris Christie isn’t spending much time in New Jersey, which is racking up quite the tab for his state security detail. But what do you expect: He’s running for president, and to win early-nominating states you have to spend a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire to talk about corn and freedom and whatever. This is how we choose our president.

So. Chris Christie was in Council Bluffs, Iowa, this morning — it’s just two weeks until Iowa’s first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses — and spoke before a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 people.

He told Iowans he would eliminate healthy school lunches if he became president. He also talked about his staunch anti-marijuana stance, and how when he’s president he will be cracking down on states that have legalized weed.

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New Jersey Holds Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana

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It’s not often that Philadelphians are concerned with the goings on of the New Jersey legislature. But a hearing in Trenton today will be of much interest to many Philadelphians — and, indeed, anyone living near Pennsylvania’s border with the Garden State. N.J. Sen. Nicholas Scutari is holding a hearing today about legalizing recreational marijuana.

Last March, Scutari introduced a bill (below) that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey.

“A journey of a thousand steps starts with the first,” Scutari told NJ.com. “The first step was introducing the bill and this is the natural next step — to talk about the benefits of legalization and the negative impact prohibition has had.” He says opponents of marijuana legalization will get their say in a future hearing. Read more »

Acquitted Narcotics Officer Failed Drug Test, Will Be Fired Again

Perry Betts | Philadelphia Police Department

Perry Betts | Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia Police narcotics officer Perry Betts is in hot water again.

Just back in May, Betts was one of six narcotics unit officers acquitted by a federal jury on corruption charges and, in July, set to be reinstated into his job. Now, before Betts could even officially rejoin the force, he will again be fired after failing a mandatory drug test with marijuana in his system, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Thursday.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Daily News that when Betts returns to the office on Monday, he will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to be dismissed. “He will not be able to return,” Ramsey told Daily News. “I’m told he went on vacation and will be back Monday. He will be served on Monday.” Read more »

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