Police Say Philly Cop Tried to Mail Marijuana

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Yes, marijuana is kinda, sorta legal in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean you can just go trying to send it through the mail — especially if you’re a cop. But that’s just what one Philadelphia police officer did, according to a statement by the Philadelphia Police Department. Read more »

The Marijuana-Fueled Return of Dan Gross

Photo by Jamie Leary.

Photo by Jamie Leary.

It has been more than three years since former Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross made his very public exit from the paper, where he had been dishing dirt on the likes of Alycia Lane, Allen Iverson, and Michael Nutter for a decade. Since then, he’s quietly been running his own one-man public relations company, but now he’s ready to make his foray back into journalism, although this time, instead of divorces and TV news rumors, he’ll be writing about dabbing, edibles, and Sour Diesel.

Gross, 37, is set to launch Elevated Nation, a news and culture website all about marijuana. Read more »

North Dakota Reporter Comes to Philly, Eagles Fans Offer Him Weed

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North Dakota media personality Mike McFeely (right) came to Philadelphia to see Carson Wentz. The trip did not disappoint. | Wentz photo by Jeff Fusco

Carson Wentz grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and starred at North Dakota State University. In a state without a pro team, Wentz’s debut yesterday was a pretty big deal: A local TV station covered fans cheering for him at a local bar, and the president of North Dakota State happened to be there.

North Dakota media outlets also sent reporters to the game. Fargo media personality Mike McFeely traveled to Philadelphia to report on Wentz’s debut. He covered the game and talked to Wentz and Wentz’s dad. But he also did a story about Philly fans, wandering the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before the Stony Brook-Temple game on Saturday to get the mood of the city.

Being a journalist in this city for half my life, I’ve done the “talk to tailgating fans in the parking lot” story about 10 times. It’s awful. People don’t want to talk at all or want to talk too much. They are drunk. They might even be angry and amped up for the game. But McFeely did a pretty good job with it! His story, “Eagles blue-collar fans (expletive) love QB Wentz,” has some great moments: Read more »

Delaware Students Can Now Use Pot Oil at School

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Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill into law yesterday that will allow the state’s students with medical prescriptions to use pot oil at school.

In the presence of guardians and caretakers, nurses at public and private schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade will be able to administer cannabis oil to children with prescriptions anywhere on school property, including on buses. Read more »

Governor Wolf Wants to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana in Pennsylvania

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Governor Tom Wolf recently said he believes that possessing small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized in Pennsylvania.

During a “Small Talk” interview with Scott LaMar on WITF, Wolf said that “too many people are going to prison because of the use of very modest amounts or carrying modest amounts of marijuana, and that is clogging up our prisons, it’s destroying families, and it’s hurting our economy.”

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Marijuana Activist Drops Out of Race for Pa. Attorney General

Philadelphia marijuana activist "N.A. Poe" (left) with former Marine war veteran and fellow activist Mike Whiter (right) in the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Philadelphia marijuana activist “N.A. Poe” (left) with former Marine war veteran and fellow activist Mike Whiter (right) in the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Marijuana activist N.A. Poe has extinguished his campaign for Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Poe, the Libertarian candidate, announced his intention to withdraw from the race this morning. His entire effort, he said, “could be interpreted as solely an act of stoner comedy.”

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Growing Industrial Hemp is Now Legal in Pennsylvania

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Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation on Wednesday that legalized the growth and production of industrial hemp – for some.

Hemp can now be grown for research purposes, meaning the law mostly applies to the Agriculture Department and colleges and universities. Through a pilot program, those who are registered can grow and market the product. The law’s newly created Hemp Research Board will oversee operations and monitor regulations and guidelines.

The legislation‘s sponsor, Representative Russ Diamond, said Pennsylvania was once a leading producer of industrial hemp. Hemp can be used for many purposes, including medicine, clothing, food and building materials.

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Get Ready: There’s a 51-Foot Joint Coming to the DNC

Get ready for a little puff, puff, pass.

A 51-foot joint will make an appearance in Philly for the Democratic National Convention next week.

No, it doesn’t actually contain marijuana – just a lot of air. The giant joint has circulated at past events in New York City and Washington, D.C.

DCMJ, an organization pushing for marijuana legalization, will lead the joint-centered march. It’s expected to start sometime after noon on July 25th, according to PhillyVoice. Volunteers will help carry the joint to the convention, and activists will support it on the return journey.

According to the Associated Press, the Secret Service flagged and restricted the whereabouts of the joint during a protest held at the White House in April. We’ll see if it sparks any controversy next week.

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