June 27, 2015 |
Delaware is opening its first medical marijuana dispensary Friday, three years after New Jersey took the leap in the region and allowed this type of business. First State Compassion Center is launching its new cannabis-growing and retail operation inside a former tile warehouse in a Wilmington industrial park. New Jersey has three dispensaries, including one in Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City. So far, 340 Delaware residents with qualifying ailments have registered to purchase a maximum of six ounces of cannabis a month, said Emily Knearl, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Public Health.
May 11, 2015 |
Three state health departments recently issued warnings about a rise in emergency room visits when people fell seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice. The substances are sold as "synthetic marijuana. " A typical urine drug screening cannot detect them. Chemically, they're called THC homologs. Poison centers across the country have been receiving more calls related to these substances. From Jan. 1 through April 29, poison centers received 2,365 calls from people seeking help for adverse reactions to these drugs.
July 3, 2014 |
IN STATES where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children age 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year.
January 11, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER During a search of a West Chester University apartment in October, officers uncovered hundreds of pieces of marijuana-laced hard candy wrapped in vacuum-sealed bags and stacked underneath a bed, in a duffel bag, and in a closet, according to a police affidavit released Thursday. Robert Callis-Keiser, 25, of Johnstown, then a university student, was arrested Thursday and released on $25,000 bail, said the Chester County District Attorney's Office. Callis-Keiser, officials said, made the candy.
December 16, 2013 |
Garrett Brann had his first seizure when he was 6 months old. By age 2, the small, blue-eyed boy who loves trains was having up to 100 each day. Garrett, now 3, has Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic disorder marked by devastating, uncontrollable seizures. The drugs the Harrisburg-area toddler takes to manage them could stop working at any time. It's a hallmark of the disease, which affects about 1 in 30,000 people. His parents are fighting for an option that they say offers a world of hope for their son, but that is not available in Pennsylvania: medical marijuana.
November 25, 2013 |
As legalized medical marijuana gains acceptance across the country, a long-smoldering question burns a little hotter. In the vernacular, stoners ask, "Do doobies make boobies?" Plastic surgeons phrase it more scientifically. "Does marijuana cause gynecomastia?" Speculation that men who smoke pot are prone to develop abnormal breast tissue or "man boobs" has been around for decades. The first scientific paper examining the clinical impact of the drug's active ingredient, THC, on hormonal systems was published in 1972 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
October 30, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER More than 40 pounds of marijuana-laced hard candy - in every color of the rainbow and in sizes ranging from a marble to a small orange - was seized last week from a West Chester University apartment, prosecutors said. The candy, found wrapped in plastic bags for distribution, were intended for college students, not children, Chester County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Carmody said Monday. He said the timing of the bust was likely a coincidence but still was a concern considering its proximity to Halloween.
August 16, 2013 |
Gov. Christie returned a medical marijuana bill to the Legislature Friday with recommended changes, saying he supports legalizing edible forms of marijuana and additional strains better suited to minors but rejecting a provision that would decrease the number of physician referrals required for a minor's entry into the program. Christie said he would sign the bill if the Legislature makes two changes: specify that the edible form of the drug be given only to minors and require multiple doctors' referrals for minors.
June 26, 2013 |
It's now up to Gov. Christie to decide whether he wants to amend the state's medical marijuana law and regulations - the strictest in the country - to make it easier for severely sick children to use the drug. The New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday, days after the Senate passed identical legislation, that would streamline the approval process and allow children to use an edible strain of cannabis that does not get them high. No child in New Jersey has legally received cannabis, according to the Assembly bill, though children are eligible under the state's three-year-old medical marijuana law. The parents who pushed for the legislation tried to see the governor after the vote, accompanied by Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D., Union)
March 19, 2012 |
DENVER - Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The Denver-area woman says she would never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound. "I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC. " Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive?