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By P. Aiden Hunt

“Well, I would have preferred a perfect bill — and this is not a perfect bill,” Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach said of S.B. 1182.

Also known as the Medical Cannabis Act, the bill cleared the upper chamber with a vote of 43-7. Support for the measure’s passage in the state House waned, however, as advocates debated whether it was really a win. Marijuana.com spoke with Leach by phone following the vote.

“It’ll provide an awful lot of help for a lot of people and it also provides a system for the whole regime to grow over time.” said Leach, a supporter of better marijuana policy in Pennsylvania for decades. Not all medical marijuana advocates share his optimism.

An opinion piece on Philadelphia Magazine’s website lamented that the bill does not do enough, with former proponents disappointed about a change in the bill’s terms before passage.

“Pennsylvania’s amended SB 1182 is no longer a ‘medical marijuana’ bill but a ‘limited cannabis products’ bill,” Jay Lassiter says in the article. Lassiter is an HIV-positive medical marijuana activist from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

An amendment passed before the bill came out of committee the day before the full Senate vote stripped 29 of about 40 qualifying conditions from the final draft, including glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. It also removed vaporization as an option. This after a previous amendment removed smoking as a way of medicating.

“This statement could not possibly have been made by anyone who has read the bill or understands the process.” Leach responded to Lassiter’s assessment that the bill is “an atrocious and cruel compromise made for political expediency.”

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By The Associated Press

The state backed off a divisive proposal to allow indoor warehouses to grow twice as many plants as greenhouses, 3,600 versus 1,800. The final rules allow the same number of plants at either facility.

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By Russ Belville Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records. Now DA Marquis, the de facto spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to Oregon’s Measure 91, our marijuana legalization initiative, is trying to intimidate me into ceasing my investigation into misuse of federal […] …read more

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By The Cannabist Network

The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states.

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By Johnny Green Dr. Sue Sisley was supposed to conduct a PTSD/marijuana research study in Arizona at the University of Arizona. However, due to political wrangling, the University of Arizona terminated her research. Dr. Sisley has stated many times that her research was terminated there after politicians at the Arizona Legislature pressured the University of Arizona to do […] …read more

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