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Pennsylvania: Marijuana Advocacy Group Partners For Business Seminars

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Pittsburgh NORML endorses US Cannabis’ seminars coming to Pittsburgh June 11 & 12

US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development has announced a "strategic partnership" with Pittsburgh NORML for sponsorship of the US Cannabis Medical Marijuana Business Seminar Series being held in Pittsburgh June 11 and 12.

"We only work with the best, and NORML sets the standard for professionalism and results," said Michael Patterson, CEO of US Cannabis. "They are the best marijuana advocacy group in the country. It's an honor to have them on our team.

"NORML has fought tirelessly for adults to have access to marijuana without persecution," Patterson said. "We want to implement their mission through educating Pennsylvania's best and brightest on the new Medical Marijuana law to facilitate successful marijuana commerce in the Keystone state."

"It's a win-win," said Pittsburgh NORML Chairman Isaac Holeva. "We want to give our supporters and all persons interested in this new legal industry the best chance to succeed.

"By attending this seminar, they will get expert advice and analysis from US Cannabis detailing both sides of the business: growing and producing marijuana and also medical regulation and compliance,” Holeva said.

Pennsylvania: Medical Marijuana Legislation Expected On Governor's Desk This Year

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Both advocates and critics expect a medical marijuana bill to reach Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's desk this year.

The first hearing on medical legalization was held in February in Harrisburg, and the next one is scheduled for March 24 in Philadelphia, reports Kris B. Mamula at the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Dr. Bruce MacLeod said he was booed for the first time in his career at last month's hearing after he advocated a cautious approach to medical marijuana. "We don't know the long-term effects of these medications and we're not sure of the dose," said MacLeod, who really should inform himself about cannabis before speaking publicly on the subject again.

"We're sympathetic to the patient suffering, but hold on," said MacLeod, medical director of emergency medicine at West Penn Hospital and past president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. "Let's study this."

MacLeod's wait-and-see approach was dismissed by Patrick Nightingale, executive director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Pittsburgh NORML). Nightingale said numerous studies have already shown marijuana's effectiveness and safety.

"What in the hell does the Pennsylvania Medical Society need to wait for?" Nightingale asked. "It has already been used and abused for decades. It's a treatment alternative."

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