On Monday, as expected, Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Advisory Board officially recommended that dry-leaf marijuana be added to the list of available products on sale at medical marijuana dispensaries across the Commonwealth. The recommendation now goes to Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, who will decided whether to support it or not. If adopted, the rule change would amount to a significant shift in medical marijuana policy here, although maybe not to the extent that some might expect. Dry-leaf marijuana is the smokable form most people are familiar with. But it won't be smoked in Pennsylvania — at least not legally. If sold here, dry-leaf marijuana would have to be vaporized or consumed orally, PennLive reports. And officials say they trust patients will follow the rules, although others say that restriction will be harder to enforce once patients take their medication behind closed doors.
At the second-ever Pa. Automated Vehicle Summit in Downtown Pittsburgh on Monday, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards unveiled a new action plan for testing self-driving cars in Pennsylvania, giving the transportation department interim oversight of testing until legislation is enacted. Included in the plan is that testers will give the state "notice of testing" that includes information about drivers, vehicles, routes and more. Compliance from testers isn't mandatory — since that would require a change in law — but Richards said she anticipates testing companies will follow the plan. The summit continues today with roughly 400 attendees discussing topics from safety to workforce development to public education and more.
If 2018 feels like it's off to an unusually soggy start, that's because it is. According to the National Weather Service, this is officially the wettest start to a year on record here. (But judging by the new wear and tear on your windshield wipers, you probably already had a hunch.) In fact, TribLive reports that between Jan. 1 and April 7, the region saw 16.18 inches of precipitation — a combination of rain and melted snow. For scale, the normal is 8.86 inches. And the rain's not over yet: More is expected this weekend with a warmup. But at least it's not snow. How's that for progress?
Looking for a way to give back to Pittsburgh this spring? Meet with more than 30 local nonprofits at Spring into Action to find ways to volunteer and help our community. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, so bring your whole family, and enjoy light refreshments and treats. This volunteer and involvement fair is sponsored by The Incline and Pittsburgh Cares in celebration of National Volunteer Month.
Where: Nova Place at 100 South Commons (Allegheny Center)
When: April 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Anyone who follows Mayor Bill Peduto on Twitter is well-acquainted with his love of hockey. But it turns out Peduto's hockey habit is more like a lifelong obsession rooted in childhood, his own playing time and the wild amount of Penguins games he's attended through the years. A Post-Gazette profile catches up with Peduto at his favorite watering hole, Cappy's in Shadyside, ahead of his Pens taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the finals this week. In the article, Peduto explains his infatuation with the game — playing it, watching it and studying it. And with his Penguins taking on the Flyers, it's guaranteed Peduto will be watching, and tweeting — a lot.
John Wabeck is a sommelier. He's also a Pittsburgh transplant who set out to improve the city's wine knowledge one bottle, and sometimes one person, at a time. Wabeck said it didn't happen overnight, but that Pittsburgh's taste for wine is growing. A VinePair profile of Wabeck credits him with changing how Steel City consumes alcohol and making Pittsburgh a wine destination where that would have been unthinkable years ago. But Wabeck said his work isn't done. “In the summer, you can still get warm red wine. I’d love to stamp that out,” he said.