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Pennsylvania is still more than a year away from having its medical marijuana system up and running, but local physicians are already thinking about how they will prescribe the drug.

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The state is making strides on developing its new medical marijuana program.

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said, since the commonwealth’s legalization of medical marijuana in April, her department has been working constantly to build the program.

Voters in California will decide this November whether to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the nation's most populous state.

For Medical Marijuana Bill, An Unexpected Lull

Mar 28, 2016
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A plan to allow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may be further away from becoming law than supporters had hoped.

The legalization plan is before the Senate, after passing the House overwhelmingly two weeks ago. But key Senate supporters told last week that the House made changes to the proposal that could prove to be problematic.

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Possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana would be reduced from a civil offense to a summary offense under new legislation proposed to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday.

Fines for possessing or smoking a “small amount of marijuana" would remain at $25 and $100, respectively.

Sponsoring Councilman Daniel Lavelle said the hope is that a summary offense, which does not explicitly state that the fine was imposed for cannabis use, would have less of a negative impact than a civil offense when an offender is applying for jobs or seeking a new residence.

In Key Vote, Medical Marijuana Passes House

Mar 17, 2016
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A plan to allow certain forms of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania has cleared a major hurdle, passing the state House and now heading to the Senate, where a similar proposal was approved last year.

Pennsylvania Lawmakers To Take Up Medical Marijuana Proposal

Mar 14, 2016
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A proposal to allow marijuana to be prescribed for a list of medical conditions is heading to the Pennsylvania House floor, where it could face changes before a final vote.

The House planned to take up more than 220 amendments to the bill on Monday, and it could be Wednesday or later before the chamber decides whether to approve the legislation.

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Pennsylvania’s capital city is looking to go down a path blazed by Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Harrisburg’s city council is exploring the decriminalization of marijuana possession with two public meetings this month.

Councilman Cornelius Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that even low-level criminal charges can prevent pot smokers from landing jobs or receiving financial aid for school.  

“In many instances, these arrests have had a direct impact on the trajectory of people’s lives based upon a mistake someone has made when they were young,” said Johnson.

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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.

Medical Marijuana Debate Likely to Continue in 2015

Jan 12, 2015

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.