AG DePasquale believes regulating and taxing marijuana in Pennsylvania could help reach the $3 billion budget deficit

AG DePasquale believes regulating and taxing marijuana in Pennsylvania could help reach the $3 billion budget deficit

At a press conference Monday morning, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale discussed the benefits that would come from regulating and taxing marijuana in Pennsylvania. 

He estimates that Pennsylvania could gain around $200 million, and believes that would be a recurring number. 
Monday, March 6, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Attorney disciplinary board adopts new rule allowing PA lawyers to advise clients on medical marijuana industry

Attorney disciplinary board adopts new rule allowing PA lawyers to advise clients on medical marijuana industry

Noting the ethical dilemma that may arise for Pennsylvania attorneys engaged in consultation with individuals or businesses looking to understand the implications of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently adopted a new rule making it permissible for attorneys to consult with clients about “conduct expressly permitted under Pennsylvania law.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Advocates join together to fight for expanded marijuana legalization

Advocates join together to fight for expanded marijuana legalization

Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana joined together in the Capitol Tuesday afternoon to encourage lawmakers to consider further expanding legalization for recreational use.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Gov. Wolf: “It’s time, it seems to me, to reduce the severity of the crime of holding a small amount of marijuana”

Gov. Wolf: “It’s time, it seems to me, to reduce the severity of the crime of holding a small amount of marijuana”

Coming on the heels of State College recently joining Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, Gov. Tom Wolf in two different radio appearances Monday said small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized statewide.

 

“I ran on that back in 2014, calling for the decriminalization of recreational marijuana [and] the legalization of medical marijuana,” he said on an appearance on 1020 AM KDKA radio’s afternoon news program. “I have been consistent in calling for the decriminalization.”

Monday, August 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Industrial hemp bill begins move in Senate

Industrial hemp bill begins move in Senate

A proposal in the Senate that would take advantage of federal permission to begin an industrial hemp program in Pennsylvania took a step forward in the Senate Tuesday with its unanimous passage out of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

The proposal jointly sponsored by Senators Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would allow the state to begin industrial hemp pilot programs under the direction of the Department of Agriculture and with research conducted by institutions of higher education.

Sen. Schwank said after Tuesday’s committee meeting that the proposal now moving in the Senate differs slightly from one in the House sponsored by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) in that it will allow individual farmers to serve as the research vehicles.

“A farmer and farmers throughout the state could actually start to grow this under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture and the oversight that’s built in to the bill,” she said. “That way, it gives us an opportunity to look at how this would grow throughout the commonwealth rather than just in one place."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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