New Jersey legislators will hold hearings Monday to debate a package of bills that would legalize recreational marijuana in the Garden State; expand the existing medical marijuana program; and potentially blaze a new trail for how cannabis is legally grown, sold and distributed in the United States.
While pot arrests are up in the suburbs, police have been overstating the trend in figures filed with the FBI. Top commanders acknowledge their departments have been counting all seizures of marijuana as arrests, even when people were sent on their way uncharged or only handed citations.
While Philadelphia has largely decriminalized marijuana possession, police in South Jersey and in the city's Pennsylvania suburbs are charging more people than ever with the crime. For some, critics say, that means they run a kind of gantlet from suburban town to suburban town.
CT scanners, similar to those used in hospitals, will soon be deployed at more than a dozen airports in the United States, including Philadelphia International. The machines employ state-of-the-art 3-D technology called computed tomography which can generate clear images used to check baggage for explosives and other threatening items. Current security scanners use 2-D imaging.
Thomas Jefferson University is launching the first-ever university-sponsored competition for cannabis-related businesses. The rewards for participating in JAZ Tank: CannaVATION are substantial: Grand prize is $10,000 and one free provisional or utility patent application and consulting services. Two runners up will win $5,000 and similar legal support.
Sam Wood is a health and science writer.