Marijuana

Medical marijuana
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Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania. With the changes come new rules and regulations. 

Pennsylvania Safe Access held an information session in the State College Borough Building Thursday evening. Organization founder Christy Billett was there to answer questions.

“Really, it’s just about talking about it. Letting people realize the face to the patient, and that maybe cannabis is better than some of the pharmaceuticals that they’re taking,” Billett said.

Medical marijuana and how it’s being implemented in Pennsylvania was the focus of the main morning session Tuesday during the annual conference of Pennsylvania planners. 

There are many unsettled questions surrounding the new arena of legal medical pot in Pennsylvania.

Who reviewed the medical marijuana applications. What will happen to growers who aren’t up and running in six months. And will businesses be able to get financial backing from banks.

Gov. Tom Wolf
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Governor Tom Wolf is saying he thinks more can be done to cut down on marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania.

In an interview on WITF’s Smart Talk, Wolf said in some municipalities, decriminalization is already underway. He noted that prosecutors are using their discretion to downgrade punishments for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

However, the governor said more “systematic” action still needs to be taken.

The State College borough council meeting on August 1, 2016.
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The State College borough council voted to reduce simple marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a summary offense. 

State College police chief Tom King says this will likely not have a big impact on the borough’s police force. He said, “It will be used very infrequently because we have very few cases that are only small amounts of marijuana.”

In a video released yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty said she supports the ordinance. 

The State College borough council at their meeting on May 2, 2016.
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At a State College borough council meeting in May, Mill Creek resident Christy Billett made an emotional appeal to the board, telling them how getting charged with marijuana possession derailed her life. 

The State College Borough Council meeting on May 2nd, 2016.
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Last night, the State College Borough Council held a public hearing on a proposal to reduce penalties for marijuana possession within the borough from a misdemeanor to a fine.

The audience was overwhelmingly in favor, with only 2 community members speaking against the ordinance.

Penn State College Democrats President Veronica Weyhrauch spoke in favor. “These are young people trying to start their lives, trying to start their careers and they shouldn’t be burdened with a misdemeanor,” she said.