Medical Marijuana, No Smoking Bill Heads to House Floor for a Vote

Pennsylvania: An important bill is headed to the House Floor for a final vote. Senate Bill 3 seeks to allow patients, including those with intractable pain, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and other qualifying conditions, access to certain cannabis-infused products, such as oils or pills.

However, patients would not be permitted to grow marijuana or to possess herbal cannabis. Smoking cannabis is also not permitted under the proposal. Click the link below to learn more and to contact your lawmakers urging them to amend this legislation before passing it!

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Pittsburgh City Council to introduce ordinance decriminalizing the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana



Pittsburgh City Council to introduce ordinance decriminalizing the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana
On November 17, 2015, Public Safety Chair Councilman Daniel Lavelle will introduce an ordinance that will permit City of Pittsburgh Police to cite individuals found in possession of a “small amount” of marijuana under a local ordinance as opposed to charging them with misdemeanor level criminal offense. The Ordinance will create a civil fine of up to $100.00 for open possession of under 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish. Officers are authorized to seize the suspected contraband and issue a civil fine similar to a parking ticket to individuals who are not engaged in any other criminal conduct.

Approximately 1000 individuals are charged with a misdemeanor level marijuana possessory offense in Pittsburgh annually. Almost all have the criminal charge reduced to a non-traffic summary citation at the first stage of criminal proceedings. Individuals charged with misdemeanor possession must be fingerprinted and risk loss of employment and housing, especially public housing. Despite similar usage between caucasians and African Americans, African American Pittsburghers are charged with minor marijuana possession offenses at a rate of 5 – 1 compared to their white counterparts.

Nationally, Pittsburgh joins a growing trend of local municipalities enacting similar laws to protect its citizens. In 2012 the City of Chicago moved to decriminalize small amounts allowing police to issue tickets instead of making an arrest. In 2014 Washington D.C. passed a similar ordinance providing for a $25.00 fine for possession of a small amount. Philadelphia’s decriminalization ordinance has resulted in an 80% reduction in custodial arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

“We are very excited that Pittsburgh will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and others across the country and embrace cannabis reform. Through the leadership of Public Safety Chair Daniel Lavelle and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation Pittsburgh will no longer prioritize cannabis prosecution. Recreational and medicinal consumers in our great City can at least know that their police are not interested in arresting them and potentially ruining their lives over the possession of a simple, non-toxic plant.”

For more information:

Patrick K. Nightingale, Pittsburgh NORML – 412.225.7959 or

Aggie Brose, Bloomfield Garfield Corp. – 412-441-6950 ext 15 or

Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce medical cannabis round table videos

The event, sponsored by the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, will present viewpoints from both sides of the controversy. Some cite the need to handle the waste from the product, but companies like GAIACA could step in to assist there. The Chamber remains neutral on the topic, but is presenting the information so that individuals and businesses have a better understanding of the issues, whether they obtain the product from similar sites to or are simply curious.

Speakers at the Medical cannabis Round Table include Attorney Patrick Nightingale, a criminal defense attorney and outspoken proponent of medical cannabis; Ryan West, CFI, LPQ of Greenbriar Treatment Centers, he is a published expert on the subject of workplace drug and alcohol addiction, including a specialized article on cannabis use in the workplace; State Senator Mike Folmer, the sponsor of Senate Bill 3; and Danielle McGurk, the parent of two children who could benefit from medical cannabis to treat a severe form of epilepsy. If they were able to access products from dispensaries like Canna Union then this issue would be treatable. As of now, they have little options. Also speaking will be Michael Palladini, RPh MBA CAC, a registered pharmacist who has developed training materials focused on prescription drug abuse and marijuana use and abuse. It is for this reason that medical cannabis cards exist and why many clinics have conditions similar to arkansas medical marijuana qualifying conditions, providing a list of individuals who are allowed to have access to medical cannabis for clinic use.