Higher minimum wage, natural gas tax and allowing marijuana sales: Gov. Wolf outlines goals in 2021

By: Ron Southwick

Gov. Tom Wolf is once again pushing for a higher minimum wage, a tax on natural gas drilling and the legalization of marijuana for recreational uses as top priorities in the coming year.

The governor has met resistance from Republican lawmakers on those goals in the past. But he said he’d be pushing forward with them again as he outlined some of his top 2021 priorities in a news conference Thursday.

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Pa. medical marijuana advisory board nixes new qualifying conditions as industry booms

By: Jacob Tierney

Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is more popular than ever, this month surpassing $1 billion in all-time sales from dispensaries to patients.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board noted the landmark at its quarterly meeting Tuesday before debating whether to add new medical conditions to the list of reasons Pennsylvanians can buy legal pot.

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Pitt to launch study of medical marijuana use to ease pain in sickle cell patients

By: Deb Erdley

Finding a way to use medical marijuana to treat sickle cell anemia will be the focus when the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine launches a new $3 million research program. It’s part of a 10-year agreement with Goodblend Pennsylvania LLC, Pitt’s new affiliate in medical marijuana research.

State officials on Wednesday awarded the eighth and final license for medical marijuana research to the company that is part of Parallel, a privately-held multi-state cannabis company.

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Pa. Supreme Court: Medical marijuana use by probationers is allowed

By: Paula Reed Ward

In a unanimous 16-page opinion, the state Supreme Court on Thursday found that a Lebanon County court policy prohibiting probationers from using medical marijuana violated the law.

Chief Justice Thomas Saylor wrote that the Lebanon County policy, announced in September, is contrary to the immunity provided by the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, which took effect in 2016, and therefore cannot be enforced.

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