PA medical cannabis testimony separates humane from ‘insane’

PA medical cannabis testimony separates humane from ‘insane’

State Sen. Mike Folmer (R) co-sponsored the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act Even though Josh Stanley is testifying in favor of a medical cannabis bill that’s in front of a Pennsylvania senate committee, he admits there have been lots of questions regarding the legitimacy of the plant’s healing powers. After all, he says, medical pot could be nothing...

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Tom Corbett: Highest gubernatorial salary in U.S.

Rock the Capital has some pretty unforgiving news out today. Mainly: Governor Tom Corbett is the highest paid governor in the United States! According to The Book of the States, 2013, Corbett’s salary is $187,256, which is more than $8,000 more than the next highest-paid governor: New York. Corbett, it should be known, did not take his cost-of-living increase...

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Pennsylvania Guv candidate unveils ‘Legalize Marijuana’ billboards

Pennsylvania Guv candidate unveils ‘Legalize Marijuana’ billboards

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger has unveiled a new digital billboard that’s gone live around two Pennsylvania cities. Normally, this wouldn’t be that interesting—except in this case, the road swag’s message is a first: They’re the first billboards put up by a gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania history calling for the...

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Pennsylvania nurses join 20+ other state organizations for medical pot

Pennsylvania nurses join 20+ other state organizations for medical pot

You can’t stop the pot. Earlier this week, as Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney floated legislation to end mandatory arrests for weed possession in the city, the Pennsylvania Nurses Association came out and endorsed a medical marijuana bill in the state Senate. That bill, introduced by State Sens. Daylin Leach (D-MontCo) and Mike Folmer (R-Lancaster)...

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Here’s what a sex therapist says about the alleged “Swiss cheese pervert”

Here’s what a sex therapist says about the alleged “Swiss cheese pervert”

You’ve certainly heard about this by now: Earlier in the month, a man dubbed the “Swiss cheese pervert” allegedly began randomly exposing himself to women in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Described as a “heavyset white man estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s” in a Daily News story before a suspect, Chris Pagano, was subsequently...

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Allyson Schwartz ditches right-wing left-wing group

Allyson Schwartz ditches right-wing left-wing group

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz came under moderate fire in December when members of a group with which she was affiliated wrote an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal denouncing “economic populism” of liberal politicians like Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Bill DeBlasio (D-NYC). Today, Schwartz, a Democrat from Jenkintown who represents...

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Lung Association: Raise cigarette taxes, end indoor smoke in PA

Lung Association: Raise cigarette taxes, end indoor smoke in PA

Photo: Wikimedia Commons The American Lung Association released its State of Tobacco Control 2014 report on Tuesday, calling Pennsylvania’s record into the new year somewhat mixed. We’ve failed to protect children from second-hand smoke, curb tobacco-related disease, and adequately tax cigarettes, according to the report. And if things continue going as they...

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Today, pot gets you get arrested—tomorrow, that could start to change

Today, pot gets you get arrested—tomorrow, that could start to change

Councilman Jim Kenney “If the D.A. is not going to prosecute, then there’s no reason to arrest. We can put our limited police resources to better use.” That’s what Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney wrote on Facebook Wednesday morning, regarding an Inquirer story about his plan to introduce legislation that would end arrests for marijuana possession...

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Q&A: ‘Occupy Sandy’ organizer says Chris Christie should be impeached

Q&A: ‘Occupy Sandy’ organizer says Chris Christie should be impeached

Photo: Tara Murtha “Where FEMA fell short,” wrote the New York Times in November 2012, “Occupy Sandy was there.” In the wake of Hurricane Sandy devastating the New Jersey shore in fall 2012, a group of organizers—many of whom were once part of Occupy encampments in various northeast cities—made it their mission to help clean up the devastation on...

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Six Pennsylvania abortion clinics closed since 2012 [Updated]

LifeNews.com, a website dedicated to pro-life issues around the country, is celebrating a recent win in the war against reproductive rights: A Southeast Pennsylvania abortion clinic closed in late 2013, bringing the grand total of  commonwealth closings since 2012 to eight six [see below]. And at least five of those are directly related to a law passed by the...

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