Philadelphia approved zoning permits for seven proposed medical marijuana sites yesterday, Philly.com reports.
One of them stands out: a potential marijuana-growing facility that would be located in the same factory as Zitner’s – the iconic Philly Easter egg candy company that started as a mom-and-pop in 1920. You know, the one that makes the buttercream, double coconut, chocolate-coated Butter Krak eggs. Read more »
Yesterday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale called for the state to legalize marijuana, claiming it would “generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year that could help tackle Pennsylvania’s budget problems.” Read more »
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says there is a simple change the state could make that would bring in millions of tax dollars: legalizing marijuana.
“The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to add a stop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” DePasquale said at a news conference at the state capitol, according to a release. “I make this recommendation because it is a more sane policy to deal with a critical issue facing the state. Other states are already taking advantage of the opportunity for massive job creation and savings from reduced arrests and criminal prosecutions. In addition, it would generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year that could help tackle Pennsylvania’s budget problems.”
DePasquale points out that Philadelphia’s marijuana decriminalization law lessened pot arrests from 2,843 in 2014 to 969 in 2016. That saved $4.1 million, per a data analysis from the RAND Corporation. Read more »
Perhaps one day the Flyers will score for an ounce of marijuana instead of a case of Tastykakes.
Snider Health, a company founded by the heirs of late Flyers founder Ed Snider, has plans for a marijuana grow operation in Far Northeast Philadelphia. The Inquirer reports that the facility would be located in an industrial park at 14515 McNulty Road, which is near the Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast campus. Read more »
State regulations regarding the new medical marijuana program could largely prevent dispensaries from opening anywhere in Philadelphia – but City Council is hoping to change that. Read more »
If you want to look at how the debate on marijuana has shifted, just look at state Rep. Barry J. Jozwiak.
Jozwiak served in the Navy. He was a Pennsylvania State Police trooper for 25 years. He is 71 years old. All of these are not demographics that are typically open to reductions in penalties for drug possession. And yet last week Jozwiak issued a sponsorship memorandum explaining how he would soon be introducing a bill that would lessen the penalties for weed possession in Pennsylvania.
While pot possession is basically just a $100 fine in the city of Philadelphia, statewide marijuana possession is an ungraded misdemeanor. That means it’s treated as a third-degree misdemeanor: The penalties can go as high as 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. PennDOT automatically suspends the drivers license of anyone convicted of marijuana possession. (A marijuana possession offense in Pennsylvania is possession up to 30 grams (a little over an ounce). Read more »
Is Donald Trump driving people to cannabis?
That’s the conclusion of former Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross’s Elevated Nation, which recently ran a story quoting several local cannabis salespeople who say they’ve seen more requests since President Trump took office.
Dr. Matthew Roman, operator of Nature’s Way Medicine in Delaware, says he’s “had a jump in requests to use medical marijuana” in response to Trump-related anxiety. Unfortunately for anxious Delawareans, anxiety is not an approved condition for medicinal marijuana in the First State. Read more »
Photo | Dan McQuade
It had been a long week, and it was Friday afternoon. All I wanted was a contact high. I thought it’d make for a pretty funny story.
So I walked over from the Philadelphia magazine offices to Rittenhouse Square at 4:20 to cover the Toke Back the Wall protest. It was organized after the briefly enforced wall-sitting ban in Rittenhouse, which the Friends of Rittenhouse Square said was due in part to constant pot-smoking in the square. Read more »
The news yesterday that sitting on the Rittenhouse Square wall has been banned came as a surprise. And rightly so: People have been sitting on the wall — or, more properly, the balustrade, as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square’s Jackie Whyte called it — for generations. To abruptly attempt to change the culture of the park without warning is incredibly silly. Read more »
Photo | Jeff Fusco
Jefferson University announced today it had received a $3 million donation from Australian philanthropists Barry and Joy Lambert to fund medical research into cannabis. As a result, the school is renaming its cannabis research center the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp.
“Joy and I were extremely impressed with Jefferson’s rapid progress in the field of medicinal cannabis research and innovative approach to exploring all avenues for new therapies to include using hemp-derived cannabinoids,” Barry Lambert said in a release. “We believe that solving big problems requires courage and big ideas, and that is what we’ve seen at TJU and in the United States where 21st-century laws and scientific approaches exist to the use of hemp as a safe and effective source of medicinal cannabis. We’re proud the center will bear our name.” Read more »