When Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia next month, he’ll be visiting the largest American city to have locally decriminalized marijuana. The millions of Catholics gathering for the World Meeting of Families in September are also covered by the policy.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming for your weed. And he’s not alone. He and virtually all of the announced candidates — including the Democrats — running to succeed President Obama have stances that don’t jive with the American public when it comes to marijuana legalization.
Residents in Pennsylvania are arrested twice as often for possessing marijuana than for heroin and cocaine combined. In 2013 there were 20,698 adults and juveniles arrested for having less than 30 grams of marijuana but just 10,255 arrested for heroin and cocaine, according to data from the state's Uniform Crime Report.
Legislators in Harrisburg are making strange moves on medical marijuana. Since 2009, a number of active bills have languished in the General Assembly. Suddenly, the state reps have a match lit between their toes on the issue. But that has sent them running, full speed in the wrong direction.
Dabbing isn’t new, but recently has come in to vogue. Piggy-backing on the trend have been substance prevention organizations and law enforcement, which have stepped up their scare warnings. Still, this form of cannabis has been around for centuries and its new incarnation is most likely here to stay.
"Chris Goldstein is a cannabis consumer advocate and writer. He formerly served on the Board of Directors at several NORML chapters, helped with Philadelphia decriminalization and now teaches the "Marijuana in the News" class at Temple University. Contact: Twitter @freedomisgreen or email@example.com"