State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Drugs


Katie McGinty: Medical marijuana yes; but legalization no

Incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R), while serving in the U.S. House, voted against a 2003 floor amendment to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference. But last June, he cheered an Obama administration move to remove a roadblock in the way of more medical cannabis research.

Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is a former chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who recently signed a medical marijuana bill into law. For her own part, McGinty "supports legalizing medical marijuana and supports decriminalization," a spokesperson said this year. But in 2013, in response to a voter's question, she said, "I am not for legalization of marijuana." In the same appearance, however, McGlinty also said she opposed even medical cannabis, so it's possible that her position on full legalization will similarly evolve.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Pat Toomey: Medical marijuana research yes; but state laws no

Incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R), while serving in the U.S. House, voted against a 2003 floor amendment to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference. But last June, he cheered an Obama administration move to remove a roadblock in the way of more medical cannabis research.

Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is a former chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who recently signed a medical marijuana bill into law. For her own part, McGinty "supports legalizing medical marijuana and supports decriminalization," a spokesperson said this year. But in 2013, in response to a voter's question, she said, "I am not for legalization of marijuana." In the same appearance, however, McGlinty also said she opposed even medical cannabis, so it's possible that her position on full legalization will similarly evolve.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Tom Wolf: Establish statewide medical marijuana program

Legislative Summary: Establishing a medical marijuana program; providing for patient and caregiver certification and for medical marijuana organization registration; providing for a tax on medical marijuana gross receipts; and establishing the medical marijuana advisory board & research program.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 149-43-8 on March 16; passed Senate 40-7 on May 12; signed by Gov. Wolf on April 17

Source: Pennsylvania Legislative voting records on SB3 Apr 17, 2016

Tom Wolf: Establish state medical marijuana program

Excerpts from legislation:

Legislative outcome: Rep. Evans voted YEA; bill passed House, 149-43-8 on March 16; bill passed Senate, 42-7-1 on May 12; signed by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting records: SB 3 Apr 17, 2016

Dwight Evans: Establish statewide medical marijuana program

Legislative Summary: Establishing a medical marijuana program; providing for patient and caregiver certification and for medical marijuana organization registration; providing for a tax on medical marijuana gross receipts; and establishing the medical marijuana advisory board & research program.

Legislative Outcome:Rep. Evans voted YEA; passed House 149-43-8 on March 16; passed Senate 40-7 on May 12; signed by Gov. Wolf on April 17

Source: Pennsylvania Legislative voting records on SB3 Mar 16, 2016

Dwight Evans: Establish state medical marijuana program

Excerpts from legislation:

Legislative outcome: Rep. Evans voted YEA; bill passed House, 149-43-8 on March 16; bill passed Senate, 42-7-1 on May 12; signed by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting records: SB 3 Mar 16, 2016

Tom Wolf: Opioid epidemic has stolen the futures of far too many

There's no better illustration of the different approach than the steps we've taken together to address the public health crisis of heroin and opioid abuse. This epidemic has stolen the futures of far too many of our fellow Pennsylvanians. The numbers are simply staggering.

We armed law enforcement with the tools they need to crack down on those who profit from this crisis by preying on our most vulnerable citizens. And we equipped police and first responders with naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose antidote, allowing them to reverse more than 2,300 opioid overdoses so far. We destroyed more than 100,000 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs before they could fall into the wrong hands, and we redesigned the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program so that medical professionals can monitor patients and identify those who may be at risk. We've taken our campaign against opioids to devoting more than $20 million to expanding treatment options.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 7, 2016

John Fetterman: Very pro-legalization of marijuana

Pittsburgh NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will be hosting a fundraiser for John Fetterman for United States Senate. Fetterman was recently quoted in the Washington Post explaining his stance on marijuana reform: `I'm also very pro-legalization of marijuana. I also think we as a country need to have a conversation about the legalization of other drugs. I've been mayor of a town that's had a lot of economic upheaval, and I've seen this: the war on drugs is a failure. If you're taking drugs, you're doing it to numb some pain in your life. It's a medical issue.`

Pittsburgh NORML shares Mayor Fetterman's position on cannabis and we believe he is the best candidate on issues of drug reform and criminal justice.

Source: The Daily Chronic on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Sep 27, 2015

Scott Wagner: Establish statewide medical marijuana program

Legislative Summary: Establishing a medical marijuana program; providing for patient and caregiver certification and for medical marijuana organization registration; providing for a tax on medical marijuana gross receipts; and establishing the medical marijuana advisory board & research program.

Legislative Outcome:Sen. Wagner co-sponsored bill on Jan. 26, 2015; passed House 149-43-8 on March 16; passed Senate 40-7 on May 12; signed by Gov. Wolf on April 17

Source: Pennsylvania Legislative voting records on SB3 Jan 26, 2015

Allyson Schwartz: Reduce the criminalization of simple marijuana possession

All four candidates would sign legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. They also broadly agree there should be changes in arrests for marijuana possession. Schwartz would support legislation "to reduce the criminalization" of simple marijuana possession. Wolf supports decriminalizing possession of under an ounce of marijuana. McGinty and Schwartz say they oppose the legalization of marijuana sales.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Katie McGinty: Legalize medicinal pot; decriminalize recreational pot

All four candidates would sign legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. They also broadly agree there should be changes in arrests for marijuana possession. Specifically, McGinty says she supports decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

McGinty and Schwartz say they oppose the legalization of marijuana sales. McCord and Wolf say before deciding whether to support legalizing marijuana sales, they want to study the experience of states where it's legal.

Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Tom Wolf: Study states with legal marijuana sales before deciding

All four candidates would sign legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. They also broadly agree there should be changes in arrests for marijuana possession. Wolf supports decriminalizing possession of under an ounce of marijuana.

McGinty and Schwartz say they oppose the legalization of marijuana sales. McCord and Wolf say before deciding whether to support legalizing marijuana sales, they want to study the experience of states where it's legal.

Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Tom Wolf: Legalize medicinal marijuana & decriminalize one ounce

All four Democratic candidates would sign legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. They also broadly agree there should be changes in arrests for marijuana possession. Specifically, McGinty says she supports decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Schwartz would support legislation "to reduce the criminalization" of simple marijuana possession. Wolf supports decriminalizing possession of under an ounce of marijuana.

McGinty and Schwartz say they oppose the legalization of marijuana sales. McCord and Wolf say before deciding whether to support legalizing marijuana sales, they want to study the experience of states where it's legal.

Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

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