Marijuana

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A group that supports the legalization of marijuana for medical use is responding to the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s stance against it.

Right now, cannabis is what’s called a Schedule 1 substance by the FDA, which means it can’t be used medically. Medical society physicians have said they won't endorse legalization until cannabis is classified as a schedule 2 drug, and they can research its effects.

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This is the third in a three-part web series looking ahead to 2016 with members of Pittsburgh's City Council.

Details On Pittsburgh's Proposed Marijuana Decriminalization

Dec 17, 2015
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This week the Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing on a proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. We'll look at what's in the proposal and what it could mean if council members vote in favor of the measure next week.Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is our guest.

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Every seat in the gallery of City Council chambers was filled during Tuesday’s public hearing on a proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Students, grandparents, veterans, cancer patients, activists and young professionals were among those who spoke in favor of the bill. 

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Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, defined as 30 grams, or about an ounce.

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As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue a long-standing debate over legalizing medicinal marijuana, one University of Pittsburgh study shows officials shouldn't overlook the importance of where those future clinics could crop up.

A state legislator from a much more rural portion of Pennsylvania wants to make it legal for farmers to grow industrial hemp. 

State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) said the level of THC, which gives cannabis its psychoactive effect, is so much lower than the plant used in the drug trade that it can hardly been considered in the same conversation.

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Support for legalizing medical marijuana is growing in Pennsylvania, according to a poll conducted by Robert Morris University.

The survey showed 67.5 percent of Pennsylvanians are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, up from 56.1 percent in a similar RMU poll last year.

Advocates supporting medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania ran out of time and political good will last year, but people on both sides of the debate expect the issue to remain hot in 2015.

The health community is divided, with the state nurses' association supporting legalization, but the commonwealth doctors' group urging caution.

Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) legislative counsel Scot Chadwick said, for now, marijuana remains far too mysterious.

State Sen. Mike Stack, a Philadelphia Democrat and candidate for lieutenant governor, is proposing to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

A local activist group will gather at Point State Park Saturday in an effort to “smoke out prohibition” of marijuana.

At 4:20 p.m. Saturday, the Pittsburgh regional chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws will hold a moment of silence to protest what it calls the war on cannabis. NORML promotes repealing the prohibition of marijuana.