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Medical Marijuana One-Year Anniversary Celebrates People and Progress

Medical Marijuana One-Year Anniversary Celebrates People and Progress

first_img April 17, 2017 By: Sara J. Goulet, Deputy Press Secretary   SHARE  TWEET Medical Marijuana One-Year Anniversary Celebrates People and Progress SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  The Blog It’s been exactly one year since Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.By all accounts, since that day, the steps taking place to implement a medical marijuana system are progressing as planned and with positive effects already evident.The legislation in Pennsylvania happened because Governor Wolf and the General Assembly worked together, tirelessly and with the support and effort of passionate advocates across the state, to deliver the law. But efforts didn’t stop there. These groups continue their work in support of implementation efforts.Pennsylvania, according to one industry consultant is “on track to set the standard for comprehensive medical marijuana programs.”The Department of Health and its Medical Marijuana office have been working on the complex implementation steps, moving forward methodically and with a clear end-goal in mind: Successful implementation 18 to 24 months after Senate Bill 3 became law.Since April 17, 2016, the Department of Health has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 226 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries and laboratories, which have appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Released Phase 1 permit applications for grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Released a Request for Quotations for Electronic Tracking IT solutions for the tracking of medical marijuana;Drafted temporary regulations for practitioners to participate in the program.But legislation is more than programmatic and never more so than when people are the prime audience of its principled implementation.For parent Shalawn, whose son Jerrick has sickle cell anemia, medical marijuana has “opened up doors… offered possibility. Something that wasn’t there before and that is life-changing.”Life-changing because children like Jerrick and thousands more in Pennsylvania can obtain safe harbor letters, allowing parents, guardians, and caregivers of minors with a serious medical condition to possess medical marijuana now, before the law is fully implemented, without fear of criminal retribution. Safe harbor was one of the first steps taken to implement medical marijuana and with hundreds of safe harbor letters already approved, is making a life-changing difference.For eight-year-old Anna, whose mom Lolly is the Department of Health’s medical marijuana patient advocate, safe harbor and medical marijuana mean no more seizures. None. Anna was previously plagued by up to 100 a day.The stories of the life-changing possibilities extend beyond children. Dan, a 45-year-old brain cancer survivor, is now able to use medical marijuana to ease his severe anxiety, creating, in his words, “a much better lifestyle.”Today, Pennsylvania celebrates legal medical marijuana and the legislators, advocates, families and friends who worked to pass this legislation that is life-changing for some today and for many more in the not-too-distant future.As work continues over the next year to fully implement the medical marijuana system in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf and his administration are committed to staying on track to implement a system that sets the standard for comprehensive medical marijuana programs.last_img read more

McDermott Finalizes Installation and Startup of Two ONGC Fields

McDermott Finalizes Installation and Startup of Two ONGC Fields

first_imgMcDermott International has completed the installation and startup of the Vashishta and S1 gas fields, under an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract awarded by ONGC.McDermott together with consortium partner LTHE, a wholly owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, was responsible for the engineering, supply and installation of a series of pipeline end terminations (PLETs) and in-line tee structures (ILTs), a pipeline end manifold structure (PLEM), rigid jumpers and approximately 50 kilometers of umbilicals.The pipeline scope includes 93 kilometers of 14-inch dual rigid pipelines extending from the shallow water shore line to a maximum water depth of 700 meters.McDermott deployed three of its specialist vessels to complete the installation phase, namely Derrick Barge 30, Lay Vessel North Ocean 105 and North Ocean 102.“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate ONGC in achieving this important first gas milestone. The success of this project confirmed that our consortium with LTHE has performed well in delivering the best in-market solution for our client,” said Ian Prescott, McDermott’s vice president for Asia. “We look forward to building on this strategic collaboration for future projects in India.”The Vashishta field is estimated to produce 9.56 billion cubic meters (bcm) over a period of nine years with peak production reaching 3.55 million metric standard cubic meters a day (mmscmd) during the first five years. The S1 field is expected to deliver 6.22bcm over a period of eight years with a peak production of 2.2mmscmd for the first five years.Both fields are located off the Amalapuram coast in India.last_img read more

2 bros nabbed in Silay sting op

2 bros nabbed in Silay sting op

first_imgAside from suspected shabu, a P4,500marked money and a cellphone were recovered from Alexander and Noe, the reportadded.  The suspects weredetained in the Silay City police station’s custodial facility, facing chargesfor violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN Police officers staged an entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of the suspects around 2:50 p.m. on Thursday. The 31-year-old “high-value” suspectAlexander Chavez and his 32-year-old brother Noe yielded the suspected illegaldrugs valued at around P75,000, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabuweighing about five grams was seized in a sting operation in Barangay Lantad,Silay City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (12-21)

Area Basketball Scores (12-21)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresFriday  (12-21)Boys ScoresNew Washington  61     Jac-Cen-Del  51Jennings County  62     South Ripley  32Oldenburg  65     Waldron  26Borden  61     Shawe Memorial  59  (OT)Morristown  55     Union County  42Jefferson County Tourney @ SouthwesternSwitz. County  53     Carroll County  47SW-Hanover  50     Henryville  45Madison  64     Trimble County  51Grant County TourneyGrant County  75     South Dearborn  51  (Thursday)Lloyd Memorial  79     South Dearborn  72  (Friday)Girls ScoresColumbus East  56     Franklin County  47Lawrenceburg  51     Richmond  34Northeastern  47     South Dearborn  26last_img read more

Tyler Theising, South Ripley Boys Basketball

Tyler Theising, South Ripley Boys Basketball

first_imgTyler Theising is a name well known in the East Central area as Tyler graduated from there in 2009.  While there he played basketball and baseball all 4 years.  After graduation, he went to Northern Kentucky University to become a teacher and coach.Coach Theising is in his first year as a varsity basketball coach, but he has several years of experience behind him.  He was a JV coach and a varsity assistant coach at Shelbyville before moving to Milan where he logged 4 years of experience coaching 9th grade, and junior varsity.  He became the varsity assistant coach for East Central, a position he held for one year.The varsity job at South Ripley was offered to Coach Theising, and he is in his first year there.  At South Ripley he is a teacher by day in the social studies department teaching U.S. History, Geography, and History of the World.The new varsity coach is married to Kayla and they have 2 young children–a 2-year old boy and a 5-month old girl.last_img read more

Florida man shoots wife for talking to him disrespectfully

Florida man shoots wife for talking to him disrespectfully

first_imgA 73-year-old man told authorities that he shot and killed his wife because she reportedly spoke to him in a disrespectful manner.The incident occurred Saturday at a home in Plantation, Florida.According to the report, Fernando De Baere shot his wife, 47-year-old Marisa Sherman, in the face with his 38-caliber handgun. He then returned the gun to their bedroom and walked across the street to a neighbor’s house to confess his crimes.The neighbor then contacted police.When authorities questioned De Baere he told them that he shot his wife because he did not like the way she spoke to him while they were having an argument. He also told them exactly where they could find the weapon.De Baere was taken into custody where he remains without bond.It is unclear if he has legal representation.last_img read more

Walter Moore, FF Jaro coach here for talent-spotting exercise

Walter Moore, FF Jaro coach here for talent-spotting exercise

first_imgFORMER Golden Jaguars defender Walter Moore and his club FF Jaro coach Kristian Heames yesterday told a gathering of reporters that his arrival for the talent-spotting exercise with his coach is a dream that’s about to come true.Moore and Heames will conduct a talent identification programme which started yesterday and will conclude tomorrow, and will result in potential players being identified for trials and possible professional contracts in Europe.“This is something I always wanted to do. I always said that when I’m done playing for Guyana, I want to be able to give the young and upcoming players a chance. I told my coach about it and then I contacted the GFF, so now here I am,” said Moore.This initiative is part of the new philosophy of the technical programme of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), which actively seeks to involve past and present national players as part of the technical development programme.The GFF’s Technical Director, Ian Greenwood, said the idea is to use both former and current National players, to help set up and work with youth programmes, which will in turn help those players to better understand the game.Moore and Heames will participate along with Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson in the national U-17 camp and will be involved in the assessment of players as well as coaching sessions.Moore will join the list of former national players who are employed by the GFF in the execution of the technical development programmes, the others being Charles Pollard, Bryan Joseph, Anthony Benfield, Tricia Munroe and Akilah Castello.“I think Walter (Moore), being here and wanting to do his part for Guyana’s football, symbolises that our message of youth development is reaching our former players,” explained the GFF president Wayne Forde.Forde further thanked Moore for his more-than-timely commitment to the development of football in Guyana, calling it a “step in the right direction”.Moore retired from international football after appearing in 103 games for Guyana at all levels.The 32-year-old made the announcement after a 4-2 loss to visiting Jamaica eliminated the Golden Jaguars from the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup.Moore competed for Guyana for more than a decade and was part of numerous memorable moments. He was a member of the squad that got past Bermuda, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; the farthest the nation ever advanced in the competition.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim calls UVA head coach Tony Bennett the ‘best defensive coach in the country the last few years’

Jim Boeheim calls UVA head coach Tony Bennett the ‘best defensive coach in the country the last few years’

first_imgComing off back-to-back losses, Syracuse (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) gets arguably its toughest matchup of the season when it travels to Charlottesville to take on No. 3 Virginia (14-1, 3-0) on Tuesday night.Virginia currently ranks first in the country in points allowed per game (52.5) and also ranks first in adjusted defensive efficiency (84.4) per Kenpom.com. On the ACC coaches teleconference on Monday, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim heaped praise on Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and his pack-line defense. “He’s clearly the best defensive coach in the country the last few years,” Boeheim said. “They’re a very difficult team to play against, very difficult to get good shots against.” So far this season, only three teams have reached the 60-point mark against the Cavaliers. In its most recent contest, UVA held a North Carolina team that had been averaging 84.9 points per game to just 49.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia has ramped up its defense in conference play as well. In two of its three ACC games, UVA has racked up six blocks. “It gives them another dimension,” Boeheim said about the Cavaliers’ shot blocking. “Before you sometimes could get in and get a shot. Now if you get in they’ve got guys that can block shots. An already very, very good defense gets better when you have that added element to it.“I don’t think they needed that,” Boeheim said jokingly. “I wish they didn’t have that.” Comments Published on January 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ronaldo: I will not celebrate if I score against Manchester United

Ronaldo: I will not celebrate if I score against Manchester United

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed not to celebrate if he scores in the Champions League round-of-16 tie against Manchester United.The Portugal international enjoyed a six-year spell with the Premier League leaders before leaving them for los Blancos in the summer of 2009, and he still has warm feelings for his former club.“I will not celebrate my goal if I manage to score at Manchester United,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by AS after Thursday’s draw.The 27-year-old recently already expressed his gratitude towards Sir Alex Ferguson, and stressed that the United manager has played a key role in his development.“[Ferguson is] a fantastic person. A human person. He taught me many things,” Ronaldo told The Sun.“Like I said before, he’s like a father in football. I really miss him and my relationship with him.” Madrid start the tie with a home game on February 13, before Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford for the second leg on March 5.last_img read more

Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: ‘I am not on that level’

Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: ‘I am not on that level’

first_img“I’ve known him a long time.”Rivers played 13 NBA seasons, including two with San Antonio (1994-96) when Popovich served as the team’s general manager.“I would be dumb if I didn’t try to do everything,” Rivers said about emulating Popovich. “He does it his way. The one thing I’ve learned is you do it your way.”Popovich playfully scoffed again about Rivers admiring him how he builds teams and convinces players to accept their role.“He has no honor. He really thinks I’m going to buy that?” Popovich joked. “Doc was a team guy and knows what the deal is. He knows what wins and what loses. He knows what teams are made up of and what the best teams have to do. He’s just being humble.”Spurs are ‘benchmark’Rivers has answered just about every type of question conceivable about having to play the red-hot defending-champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Perhaps his best and most logical response about it came at practice Saturday at the team’s facility in Playa Vista. “At some point, someone’s going to have to beat San Antonio in the West to win (the NBA title),” Rivers said. “If you want to be a winner, the world champions are in our conference, make no mistake about that.“You can talk about all these other teams and talk about other teams in our conference and what they’ve done this year. San Antonio is the benchmark and until someone beats them, they’re the benchmark, right?”The Spurs entered having won 14 of their last 16 regular-season games and 21 out of their last 25. Their first of five NBA titles came in 1999, the most recent in 2014.The Clippers finished their regular-season slate winning 14 of their last 15 games.Hard work pays offThe Clippers appear to be a team of hard-working players, the type who work and work on their game to make it better. But one would be hard-pressed to find two players who work harder than forward Blake Griffin and guard J.J. Redick, attests Rivers.“I have a gym full of talented players, but the special ones stand out,” he said. “And it’s usually not their athleticism. Everybody’s an athlete in the NBA. It’s all the other intangibles that makes them great. Mental toughness, their basketball IQ, their work habits, which I think gets overlooked by all of them.“It’s no coincidence that when you walk in the gym, you look over there every day and there’s Blake. What I’m always amazed at, personally, is why the whole team doesn’t do that, you know? I think J.J. takes more shots than anybody on our team per day and so if your best shooter is doing that, it would just make sense that the guys who are under him would say, ‘Well, I think I need to take more shots than them to be a better shooter, or as good.’ “Redick is having his best season, averaging 16.4 points per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field overall, 43.7 from 3-point range. All of those numbers are personal-bests. Or how does Rivers feel about matching up with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich?“I am not on that level,” said Rivers, who listed Popovich, Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach as the NBA’s greatest coaches. “There’s guys who are on a different level and he’s one of them. If I go into this thinking this is a chess match between us two, I don’t like where we’re at.”• VIDEO: Clippers Coach Doc Rivers on Game 1The Spurs coach rolled his eyes at Rivers’ compliments.“He’s trying to trick me somehow,” Popovich joked when informed about Rivers’ issue with the Spurs’ playoff schedule considering they won the 2014 NBA title. The compliments poured out of Doc Rivers’ mouth with the same speed of Chris Paul running a fast break.How to explain why the Clippers hosted Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with a 7:30 p.m. PST start time?“It speaks of the disrespect of the Spurs,” said the Clippers coach, referring to San Antonio winning five NBA titles, including last season.• PHOTOS: Clippers beat Spurs in Game 1center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more