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Medical marijuana will be HR issue, experts warn

10/13/16--Panelists participating in a forum sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce urged Pennsylvania businesses to prepare for medical marijuana because they're going to have to deal with a range of complications once their employees start using it. Some of the panelists agreed that businesses should update their workplace policies and job descriptions and set clear ground rules to minimize conflict and controversy. Read

Healthy Hemp, LLC announces distribution of new CBD CLINIC topical pain relief product

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-10-57-04-am10/14/16--Healthy Hemp, LLC, a recognized online store offering various hemp products that deliver the necessary nutrients for proper body functioning, announced the distribution of the new CBD CLINIC topical pain relief product only available to doctors, FDA-registered, and made in an FDA-audited facility. Read

Legalizing marijuana in Arizona could strengthen drug cartels

10/11/16--According to an article by The Associated Press, advice if Arizona’s ballot measure passes, pot shops would soon arise in a place that has long been a center of drug smuggling. How drug cartels respond to legalization has been a focus of debate in Arizona. Law enforcement leaders say the change will strengthen cartels, allowing them to infiltrate the legal pot market, and driving them to sell more hard drugs. Advocates of legalization say it will undercut the cartels by eliminating a key segment of their business. Read

1st of 2 teens gets prison for marijuana heist murder

10/12/16--One of two teenagers who killed a Pennsylvania woman and her dog so they could steal marijuana from her has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison. Read

Temple is holding a marijuana 101 class next year

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-29-46-am10/6/16--Next semester, Temple students will have a chance to take a class on marijuana. The class developed by School of Media and Communication professor Linn Washington with cannabis activist Chris Goldstein focuses on the difference between cannabis and hemp, the history of its cultivation, the effect it has on a human body, the history of its prohibition, its medical uses and its integration into pop culture. Read

Former Daily News gossip columnist launches all-marijuana website

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-8-51-50-pm9/27/16--Former Philadelphia Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross launched ElevatedNation.com, the first website to focus on the region’s nascent marijuana industry. Read

Reading considers lessening penalties for marijuana possession

9/22/16--Reading City Council is expected to introduce a new ordinance Monday night. Marijuana possession is currently a misdemeanor, however, the ordinance would make it only a summary offense.

Conference promises ‘brutally honest’ advice on getting into the business

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-27-46-am9/22/16--On Friday, the editors of the Denver-based Marijuana Business Daily are setting up shop at the Marriott hotel in Center City for what it calls its Crash Course. Eight hours of workshops will offer guidance to aspiring players who want to know how the industry works. Read

Marijuana growing operation sparked Harrisburg fire

9/7/16--Police are searching for a Harrisburg property owner after heat lamps used to grow marijuana allegedly ignited a fire in a city house Wednesday morning. Read

Pennsylvania’s governor says state can do more to decriminalize marijuana

8/29/16--Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession in systematic fashion and remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization in place in several western states. Read