pennsylvania

  1. Ron Strider

    PA: Philly Hospitals, Medical Schools Jockey For Marijuana Partners

    The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia this week became the latest academic player to announce it was getting into marijuana research. The school is pairing with Franklin BioScience, a large grower out of Denver, to create more consistent marijuana products and develop a cannabis...
  2. Ron Strider

    More Than 1,000 Register For Medical Marijuana On Pennsylvania's First Day

    The Pennsylvania Health Department reported on Thursday that more than 1,000 people registered on the first day of applications for the state's new Medical Marijuana Program. The estimate includes patients and caregivers, according to Nate Wardle, a spokesman for the health department...
  3. Ron Strider

    PA: Legislator Pushes Marijuana Legalization Study Amid Racial Arrest Disparity

    Coming on the heels of a report showing stark racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement in his state, a member of the Pennsylvania legislature is pushing his fellow state lawmakers to launch a study on legalizing or decriminalizing the drug. Sponsored by Rep. Ed Gainey of Pittsburgh, the...
  4. Ron Strider

    ACLU Studies Marijuana Laws, Calls For Pennsylvania To Legalize

    Even though the usage rates are nearly identical, black people are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people, and cost to Pennsylvania taxpayers to enforce marijuana laws totaled more than $225 million from 2010 to 2016. That's what the American Civil...
  5. Ron Strider

    PA: Marijuana War - Rival Wants State To Drop Grower Under Criminal Investigation

    Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program took an ugly turn Friday as a Scranton-based company sought an injunction demanding that the state rescind a permit to grow and process cannabis awarded to a rival, Pennsylvania Medical Solutions. Pennsylvania Medical Solutions is a subsidiary of Vireo...
  6. Ron Strider

    PA: Fight Erupts Over Medical Marijuana Licenses

    A weed war is brewing between two companies that sought permits to open a medical marijuana growing facility in Scranton. BrightStar BioMedics claims its competitor, Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, misled Pennsylvania regulators about a criminal investigation into its parent company...
  7. Ron Strider

    PA: Auditor General DePasquale - Legalize Marijuana To Boost Revenues And Create Jobs

    With Pennsylvania teetering on the edge of another budget cliff, it is immensely clear to me that we must get creative in finding long-term revenue solutions to prevent total financial collapse. Last month, as a short-term fix to the state's cash-flow woes, I cosigned a $750 million loan from...
  8. Ron Strider

    Pennsylvania Secretary Of AG Visits Montour County Farm

    The Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding visited Abram Ziegler's farm in Montour County on Friday. Agriculture Secretary Redding visited Abram Ziegler's farm , one of 14 research projects exploring the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in...
  9. Ron Strider

    PA: Mercersburg Farm Participating In Hemp-Research Initiative

    Seventy years ago, Pennsylvania lost the last of its hemp crops as farmers made the switch to tobacco post-Prohibition. Fourteen farms that received imported seeds from a fledgling research project now are harvesting the cannabis plants. Pennsylvania Act 92 of 2016 allows researchers to...
  10. Ron Strider

    Ten Facts About Pennsylvania's Hemp History

    1. Lancaster County was the hemp capital of early America. The county's original Hempfield Township was formed in 1729 and was named for the "vast quantities of hemp raised there." 2. George Washington visited and inspected Pennsylvania hemp mills. In 1794 President George Washington visited...
  11. Ron Strider

    PA: Medical Marijuana Shop Planned For Fort Washington Office Park

    A vacant gas station in the Fort Washington Office Park has been tagged as the proposed site of a medical marijuana dispensary, but past flooding on the property could put that proposition on hold. The closed Exxon station at 475 Pennsylvania Avenue – the corner of Pennsylvania and Commerce...
  12. Ron Strider

    PA: Redding Visits Industrial Hemp Research Project

    State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited JustBen Agriculture's Mifflin County farm Monday to view progress at one of 16 research projects that seek to demonstrate the economic value and viability of industrial hemp as a marketable crop in Pennsylvania. "Thanks to the federal Farm...
  13. Ron Strider

    Pennsylvania Department Of Health Looking For Docs For Medical Marijuana Program

    Pennsylvania's acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced July 26, 2017, that physicians can begin their involvement in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. All they need to do is register, according to a press release from the state's Department of...
  14. Ron Strider

    Pennsylvania Invites Doctors To Register To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

    Pennsylvania health officials on Wednesday announced the availability of a registry for physicians who want to be able to prescribe medical marijuana for their patients. They called it the "first step" in the process. Doctors who want to prescribe medical marijuana, in addition to having a...
  15. Ron Strider

    PA: Medical Marijuana Recruitment Set For October

    Going to work for a medical marijuana operation has fired the imagination of local people who are interested in taking the jobs. But what would new hires be doing? Last month, Holistic Farms received one of the state's first licenses to grow medical marijuana, which it plans to be doing in...
  16. Ron Strider

    Pennsylvania's Medical Cannabis Law Legalized Only The Priciest Treatments

    On July 1, it became legal for any adult to buy marijuana in Las Vegas. An eighth ounce (3.5 grams) of top-grade buds costs just $25. Philadelphia is getting a few medical cannabis dispensaries some time next year, but there won't be any cheap weed for sale. Pennsylvania has only legalized...
  17. Ron Strider

    PA: Why Medical Marijuana Shops Won't Reek

    Walk into a medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey and the first thing to hit you is the stink. Weed's scent is a sour blast that seems to reek of citrus, diesel, and skunk. At the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, charcoal air purifiers – encased in gleaming steel...
  18. Ron Strider

    PA: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Planned For Hanover's Buona Fortuna Building

    A company that already grows and sells medical marijuana in Florida has the go-ahead to sell medical cannabis products in the Hanover area. Cansortium Pennsylvania LLC was awarded one of 27 permits by the Department of Health Thursday. Cansortium is part of Knox Medical, which has...
  19. Ron Strider

    PA: Where Medical Cannabis Shops Will Be Planted

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the names and locations of companies that will be permitted to sell medical marijuana in the state. The reveal came in a news release issued Thursday at 1:15 p.m.. Each of the 27 winners have the right to operate three storefronts. Though...
  20. Ron Strider

    Pennsylvania Defends Choice Of One Medical Marijuana Grower

    Pennsylvania health officials are defending their decision to award a coveted medical marijuana grower's permit to a firm whose affiliate in Minnesota had two former executives charged this year with smuggling a half-million dollars worth of the drug across state lines. Pennsylvania Medical...