Experts explain state medical marijuana program to Pittsburgh City Council

Although the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania has been passed into law, it is has yet to get up and running, spurring questions from some Pittsburgh City Council members as to what the program will look like in the city.

Councilman Corey O’Connor, along with Sen. Daylin Leach, one of the prime sponsors of Act 16 of 2016, held a post agenda meeting Thursday afternoon to brief the city officials on what they can expect when the growing/processing and dispensary facilities open in Pittsburgh.

With the announcement of medical marijuana facility permits by the state Health Department last month, the Pittsburgh area is set to receive one growing/processing plant in McKeesport and three primary dispensary locations set for Oakland, Lawrenceville, and Squirrel Hill. Under the law, each dispensary is allowed up to three different locations. 

Friday, July 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Tweets of the Week - July 10, 2017

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and other around Pennsylvania state government. 

Friday, July 14, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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VIDEO: Sen. Boscola's new bill would establish an independent citizens' commission for redistricting

VIDEO: Sen. Boscola's new bill would establish an independent citizens' commission for redistricting

The PLS Reporter joined Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) to discuss her Senate Bill 22, a bill that would reform the way that legislative districts are re-drawn.

Friday, July 14, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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VIDEO: DePasquale finds progress in audits on the opioid crisis

VIDEO: DePasquale finds progress in audits on the opioid crisis

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the results from three audits that were launched to determine the monitoring and effectiveness of opioid-related drug treatment initiatives in the Commonwealth.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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A Detailed History of the Statewide Radio System

A Detailed History of the Statewide Radio System

In 1996, Gov. Tom Ridge signed Act 148 authorizing funding of $179 million for the creation of the statewide radio system known as PA-STARNet, with the goal of designing a radio system through which each state agency would be able to communicate.

 

It is now two decades later and the system, considered unreliable by its users, has cost the Commonwealth an estimated $810 million and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are asking for more time and more money to finally create a system that will live up to its expectations.

With the safety of the Commonwealth’s first responders at risk as well as that of Pennsylvania citizens, The PLS Reporter has traced the history of this issue to determine what has gone wrong and why the system has continuously been plagued with problems. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Nicole Trayer
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