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Apr. 26th, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Grower/processor and Dispensary applicants for Pa. medical marijuana permits. Video: Mahttp://www.roxburynews.com/index.php?a=7909

Apr. 13th, 2017 @ 3:40 pm
RT @ByChrisBrennan: It's official: PA Supreme Court signs off on law license suspension for @DASethWilliams after federal indictment https:…

Apr. 2nd, 2017 @ 9:11 pm
RT @nytimes: The University of South Carolina won its first women’s basketball title with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State https://t.…

Mar. 27th, 2017 @ 9:36 am
RT @AngelasInk: BREAKING: extraordinary decision in Dick Ireland case. Judge Jones threw out all charges, says gvmt did not meet burden. Mo…

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 9:54 pm
No verdict tonight #spaniertrial Back at 9am Friday. https://t.co/rEqXxGJ068

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 7:29 pm
Franco Harris exits Dauphin county courthouse during jury deliberation #spaniertrial https://t.co/qYFROhjkg9

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 7:11 pm
RT @FqEsposito: Jury asked to speak with the judge after fifth hour of deliberation in Graham Spanier trial.

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 4:34 pm
RT @AngelasInk: Update: Spanier jury has a question. Seems to be in question whether judge will allow public in to hear it -

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 3:57 pm
RT @drgilliland: Vote canceled: Trump unable to seal deal with GOP health care skeptics https://t.co/1HofUPpCaf https://t.co/n7tUbhTa0E

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 2:50 pm
Jury deliberations underway Graham Spanier trial. https://t.co/aDwkI7xdXH

Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 6:29 pm
State street sinkhole. #Hbg https://t.co/TL6qhxRJdc

Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 5:54 pm
Repairs underway State street sinkhole #Hbg https://t.co/Hf0MdMSoby

Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
State street sinkhole #Hbg https://t.co/Y2K1oAC2RA

Mar. 20th, 2017 @ 9:14 am
Rob McCord in Federal court #Hbg https://t.co/EgcLBiDUk4

Mar. 20th, 2017 @ 9:13 am
Busy day in Hbg - Graham Spanier in Dauphin County court. https://t.co/3Zs1D30Q3n

Mar. 17th, 2017 @ 10:01 am
Ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord enters federal courthouse in Hbg Friday morning. https://t.co/DSq7dZAMsY

Mar. 17th, 2017 @ 9:59 am
Ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord enters federal courthouse in Hbg Friday morning. https://t.co/vzeHZhoJY1

Mar. 17th, 2017 @ 9:53 am
RT @AngelasInk: Overheard in the courtroom as cross examination about to begin on Ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord: "The show's about to start…

Mar. 16th, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Volunteers clearing Capitol steps for #LtDevoe procession @hbgfire https://t.co/YsmFWwOrwW

Mar. 16th, 2017 @ 10:53 pm
RT @timelywriter: "Would it be fair for me to ask you for an extra hundred?" The big corruption trial in Pennsylvania, via @AP: https://t.c…

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Governor Tom Wolf - Statement on ACA Repeal

6 Mar
Monday @ 8:25 pm

As released by the Governor's Press Office Monday March 6, 2017.

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the recently revealed House Republican bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare:

"Today, the Republicans in Washington revealed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania's uninsured rate and expanded coverage options for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.

“This plan does not fix the Affordable Care Act - it would just delay the Republican plan to cut coverage for nearly a million Pennsylvanians, including those who were able to access quality, affordable healthcare after I expanded Medicaid two years ago.

“It will eliminate healthcare coverage for middle class families while encouraging insurance companies to increase executive salaries. This is a bad plan that would leave thousands of Pennsylvania seniors and families unable to afford access to basic medical care coverage.

"As I have repeatedly said, any plan that cuts Medicaid or reduces options for affordable, quality health insurance for Pennsylvanians is unacceptable. I strongly encourage everyone in the Pennsylvania delegation to reject this proposal."

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Pa. Auditor General DePasquale - Regulating & Taxing Marijuana

6 Mar
Monday @ 1:13 pm

As released by the Office of the Auditor General.

HARRISBURG – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade.

“The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to add a stop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” DePasquale said during a news conference at the state capitol.

“I make this recommendation because it is a more sane policy to deal with a critical issue facing the state. Other states are already taking advantage of the opportunity for massive job creation and savings from reduced arrests and criminal prosecutions. In addition, it would generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year that could help tackle Pennsylvania’s budget problems.”

DePasquale said Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington have all regulated and taxed marijuana in recent years. Washington, DC has legalized marijuana, but does not yet have retail sales. Other states are considering regulating and taxing marijuana, including Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland.

In 2012, Colorado voters approved legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. Last year, Colorado – which has less than half the population of Pennsylvania – brought in $129 million in tax revenue on $1 billion in marijuana sales from the new industry that had already created an estimated 18,000 jobs.

“The revenue that could be generated would help address Pennsylvania’s revenue and spending issue. But there is more to this than simply tax dollars and jobs,” DePasquale said. “There is also social impact, specifically related to arrests, and the personal, emotional, and financial devastation that may result from such arrests.”

In Colorado’s experience, after regulation and taxation of marijuana, the total number of marijuana arrests decreased by nearly half between 2012 and 2014, from nearly 13,000 arrests to 7,000 arrests. Marijuana possession arrests, which make up the majority of all marijuana arrests, were nearly cut in half, down 47 percent, and marijuana sales arrests decreased by 24 percent.

“All told, this decrease in arrest numbers represent thousands of people who would otherwise have blemished records that could prevent them from obtaining future employment or even housing,” DePasquale said. “Decriminalization also generates millions in savings from fewer arrests and prosecutions.”

DePasquale said Pennsylvania has already benefited by some cities decriminalizing marijuana.

In Philadelphia, marijuana arrests went from 2,843 in 2014 to 969 in 2016. Based on a recent study, the RAND Corporation estimated the cost for each marijuana arrest and prosecution is approximately $2,200. Using those figures, that’s a savings of more than $4.1 million in one Pennsylvania city.

Last year, York, Dauphin, Chester, Delaware, Bucks and Montgomery counties each had more arrests for small amounts of marijuana than Philadelphia. Those counties had between 800 and 1,400 arrests in 2015.

“Obviously, regulation and taxation of marijuana is not something that should be entered into lightly,” DePasquale said. “Should Pennsylvania join the growing number of states benefiting financially and socially from the taxation and regulation of marijuana; there are many things to consider, including details about age limits, regulatory oversight, licensing, grow policies, sale and use locations, and possession limitations.

“As I said earlier, the train has indeed left the station on the regulation and taxation of marijuana,” DePasquale said. “It is time for this commonwealth to seriously consider this opportunity to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue.”

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