Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Monday approved a recommendation to allow the sale of medical marijuana in leaf form, TribLive reports. But there's a catch. While the leaf form of the drug is the smokable form most people are familiar with, smoking medical marijuana will remain against the law in Pennsylvania, although some expect patients to do it anyway. Still, advocates say it's a sign of progress, citing the quicker production turnarounds for leaf marijuana as opposed to the more processed — and more expensive — forms of the drug currently available at Pennsylvania's medical marijuana dispensaries. Other recommendations approved by Levine on Monday include allowing medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid abuse and agreeing to expand the list of qualifying medical conditions from 17 to 21.
On the heels of a mass shooting at a Florida high school, Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods in February announced it was ending sales of assault-style rifles like the one used to kill 17 at Parkland, Fla.'s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. But while retailers typically return unsold merchandise to the manufacturer, Dick’s has decided to go a different route. A company spokesperson told the Post-Gazette that Dick's is destroying the assault-style weapons pulled from its shelves and doing so at the company’s distribution centers, where the parts are then sent to a salvage company to be recycled. The company did not say how much merchandise would be included.
Pittsburgh's newest City Council member, Erika Strassburger, participated in her first council meetings last week since being elected to represent District 8 voters in a special election conducted last month. And while Strassburger spoke extensively during the brief campaign about her goals and vision, the PWSA and other issues, we sat down with her last week to delve deeper into her plans for the post. We also asked for her takes on Amazon HQ2, the removal of the Stephen Foster statue in Oakland and what she hopes to accomplish in her first term. Here's what she told us.
In this community meeting in the Hill District, learn the details about several proposed Hill District developments, including MOKA Art Gallery and Wylie Bistro. Attendees are also welcome to give their input on the New Granada Theater development, homeownership opportunities, business programming and a potential expansion of Healthy Ride into the neighborhood.
Where: Jeron X. Grayson Community Center at 1852 Enoch St. (Crawford-Roberts)
When: April 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration requested)
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If you've suspected all along that Pittsburgh was a more generous city than most, then you have new evidence to support your theory. The ride-hailing company Lyft says Pittsburgh passengers are among the best tippers in the nation, Patch reports. Lyft made it easier to tip last June by offering in-app tipping. There's also a report from 2017 that Pittsburgh has the best restaurant tippers in the country. So rest assured that our smug sense of self-satisfaction is well-deserved.
The strangest, maybe unlikeliest of Pittsburgh Thanksgiving traditions is returning seven months early. The Gobblerito, Mad Mex's famed burrito engorged with Thanksgiving Day staples like turkey and gravy, corn and mashed potatoes, will be returning for one day this month. Last year, the pre-Thanksgiving release was pushed up to accommodate demand — or in this case a cult following — leading some to argue that it may be time to consider just adding it year-round. *Fingers crossed.*