Cannadelphia, Apr. 19: A roundup of marijuana news

How medical marijuana came to Pennsylvania. When state Sen. Daylin Leach wanted to introduce a medical marijuana legalization bill in 2010, the Montgomery Co. Democrat couldn't find co-sponsors. David Wenner traces the history for PennLive
Pot arrests continue in Massachusetts even after legalization: Four months after marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, people still are getting arrested for pot-related offenses, and police are refusing to give back confiscated drugs, according to court records and interviews with law enforcement officials, reveals an Associated Press investigation.
Little guys want a shot at growing big cash crops: Independent farmers are infuriated that big companies are monopolizing state-sponsored marijuana grow operations. "(M)ost of these people are not horticulturists, not farmers; they're just deep-pocketed folks who saw there was money to be made," organic farmer Ted Dobson told the Boston Globe. Dobson, who grows artisanal salad greens for upscale restaurants in Boston and New York, would like to add cannabis to his crop rotation. But the barriers to entry— expensive permits and software fees — are too steep. For the moment, cannabis is significantly more profitable than corn or tomatoes. Joel Warner reports. 
The golden road to legalization: Proposed licensing fees for medical marijuana businesses in Ohio would generate more than four times the amount regulators say is needed annually to run the program, according to budget estimates released Friday, reports Jackie Borchardt of Cleveland.com

Ohio approved regulations this week allowing 24 cultivation sites for the state's medical marijuana industry, according to Tom Knox of Columbus Business First.  Late last month, the weekly reported fewer than 1 in 3 Ohio doctors were interested in participating in the state's program.

DHS takes hard line on pot: Two days after downplaying the role of marijuana in the nation’s drug war, Department of Homeland Security John Kelly changed course on Tuesday, calling it a “potentially dangerous gateway drug” and saying his agency would continue to arrest and investigate those who traded in it in violation of federal law, reports Vera Bergengruen of McClatchey. 

Rando canna-celebrity news: Melissa Etheridge smokes weed with her kids. The 55-year-old singer surprised no one when she told Yahoo.com she thinks getting high with her daughter Bailey, 20, and son Beckett, 18,  has brought them closer together. She said she'd rather share a joint with her children than an alcoholic drink. In 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy plus five rounds of chemo and radiation. It was then that she said she discovered cannabis as a medicinal aid thanks to her children's father, singer David Crosby.