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CHOOSE ONE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA OR GUN OWNERSHIP

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:00:52 +0000

Some sick people will have to make a difficult decision: Is taking the medicine they are legally allowed to obtain under state law worth surrendering their constitutional right to keep and bear arms? You can be an alcoholic, addicted to prescription drugs or have been voluntarily committed to a mental institute and still purchase a […]

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Massachusetts Court Protects Medical Marijuana Use by Employees

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:00:40 +0000

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that employers cannot fire employees who have a prescription to use medical marijuana with the sole reason being the employee’s use of the drug. The case arose from the firing of a prescribed patient of medical marijuana testing positive for marijuana on a company drug test. She had just been hired and […]

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Pennsylvania Doctors Now Able to Register to Provide Medical Marijuana Prescriptions

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:00:33 +0000

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry continued to progress forward with the announcement of the practitioner registry becoming operational. The practitioner registry will allow Pennsylvania doctors to register to obtain the necessary training required for them to begin writing medical marijuana prescriptions to qualified patients. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in order to participate in […]

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Colorado Court Says Alert from Drug Sniffing Dog is No Longer Enough to Search Car

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:07 +0000

In 2012, the State of Colorado made it legal, both criminally and civilly, for any person 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. A recent decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals provides further protection for marijuana users in Colorado. In The People of the […]

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits Awarded

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:00:59 +0000

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced the names of the twenty-seven medical marijuana dispensaries that were granted permits. The dispensaries will receive their product from one of the twelve businesses that were awarded medical marijuana growing permits in Pennsylvania. The dispensaries will then supply the qualified medical marijuana patients. In order to qualify for […]

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Recreational Marijuana Use in Nevada Hit a Minor Rough Patch

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:00:41 +0000

Nevada, whose voters approved legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana starting July 1, 2017, are facing some issues as a result of a group of wholesale liquor distributors filing a lawsuit claiming they have the exclusive right to the distribution of recreational marijuana. The ballot measure for recreational marijuana provided that for the first […]

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SORNA Registration Held to be Unconstituional when Applied Retroactively

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:04:25 +0000

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the retroactive application of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) violates the ex post facto clauses of both the United State Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution. People who were convicted of a sexual offense before SORNA became effective in December 2012 are subject to the Megan’s […]

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The Medical Marijuana Act in PA and Employment

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:00:04 +0000

The Medical Marijuana Act in Pennsylvania prohibits patients under the influence of medical marijuana from performing employment duties at heights or in confined spaces. 35 P.S. § 10231.510(2). Also, in regards to employment of patients, employers have discretionary authority in certain instances. An employer may prohibit a patient who is under the influence of marijuana […]

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The Need to Know for Potential Medical Marijuana Patients in Pennsylvania

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:00:32 +0000

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act provides the guidelines to obtaining medical marijuana. Under the Act, medical marijuana can only be dispensed to a patient who “receives a certification from a practitioner and is in possession of a valid identification card issued by the department,” and also to caregivers who have a valid identification card. 35 P.S. […]

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Medical Marijuana Growing Licenses Granted

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:04:42 +0000

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has issued 12 licenses for medical marijuana growers. The winners of the bids included many wealthy and powerful business firms. The medical marijuana industry is not for people with small bank accounts. There is a non-refundable application fee of $10,000 in addition to a permit fee for growers of $200,000. This […]

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