Suspect in violent kidnapping, robbery apprehended in Wyoming

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A man being sought in a violent kidnapping and robbery in Berks County has been apprehended more than 1,800 miles away.

Marshall Glenn McGinty was taken into custody without incident by police at a Walmart in Casper, Wyoming, Pennsylvania State Police in Reading announced Thursday.

McGinty, armed with an AK-47, tied up a man who was house-sitting a home in the 1300 block of Hawk Mountain Road in Albany Township on Feb. 16 and then drove the victim in his car to a bank in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, where he forced him to withdraw $60 from an ATM, according to state police.

McGinty then drove the victim to the Hamburg reservoir in Windsor Township, Berks County, where he set him free and fled in the victim’s car, police said.

McGinty, 43, is now awaiting extradition from Wyoming to Berks County on charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, robbery, criminal trespass, theft, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He also has other arrest warrants in Berks County, as well as probation violations in neighboring Lehigh and Schuylkill counties.

Groom Reads Special Vows to Bride’s Daughter in Tear-jerking Wedding Video

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What’s behind your dry eyes?

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It’s the number one complaint optometrists hear in the winter months–problems with dry eyes. Dr. Glenn Corbin is a Wyomissing optometrist who talked about the problem and treatments with WFMZ’s Jaciel Cordoba on 69 News at Sunrise.

Coroner seeks info on family of deceased Lehigh County man

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Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim is looking for the next of kin for a Lehigh County man.

Grim says 64-year-old Charles Blum died Friday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township of natural causes.

The coroner is looking for Blum’s family.

Blum lived at Cedarbrook Nursing Home at 350 S. Cedarbrook Road in South Whitehall Township.

Anyone with information on Blum’s next of kin is asked to call the coroner’s office at 610-782-3426.

Cedarbrook advisory team created by county commissioners

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A Cedarbrook Nursing Homes Advisory Team will be given three months to prioritize up to three courses of action to create a long-term plan for the future of the homes.

The team formally was created by a resolution unanimously passed by eight Lehigh County commissioners Wednesday night.

The team won’t get to work until late March, after its members are selected.

“I am really looking forward to the success of this team,” said Brad Osborne, chairman of the commissioners.

“The bottom line is the hard decision still comes back to this board,” warned Commissioner Percy Dougherty. “We may not like the report that comes back to us.”

The team will consist of five to nine members who will consider options for the county-owned nursing homes over the next five to 10 years.

The commissioners soon will advertise, including on the county web site, to find people interested in volunteering to serve on the team.

That ad explains the advisory team will propose “a long-term plan for providing the care deemed necessary for county residents, in the most cost effective and appropriate manner.”

The three initial members of the team will be selected by Osborne by March 24, from applicants who respond to the ad.

Those three will select up to six more members “at their discretion.” Those additional members will be approved by the commissioners.

Members of the advisory team won’t be paid, but the commissioners will allocate up to $1,000 for incidental expenses.

At least one team member will have experience in the health care industry and another will have general management or governing board experience.

Because Osborne has been adamant that politics be kept out of the process, no team member may be a current or former candidate or have held a publicly elected office in the past 10 years.

“Team members must be qualified, non-political and free from any financial or familial relationships that could create a conflict of interest,” states an overview of the mission that was attached to the resolution.

Based on a recommendation from Commissioner Geoff Brace, the team “will conduct its activity in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act.”

Osborne said the team will make monthly reports on its progress at public meetings of the county commissioners.

He said it also will develop its recommendations in public, at meetings that are advertised. “There will be an opportunity for the public to provide input,” said Osborne.

He added the team won’t necessarily do all its fact-finding and research in public.

Commissioner Amanda Holt said the team’s final written report and presentation also will be made to the commissioners during a public meeting.

The commissioners want those final recommendations no later than June 30, so they have ample time “for consideration of the options, capital and budget planning for 2016.”

“I hope we stay on a good time schedule [and] we get this done expeditiously,” said Dougherty.

Quoting “the wise words” of Commissioner Vic Mazziotti, Osborne said: “This is a plan that will have the strategy drive the budget, instead of budget driving strategy.”

Osborne said the team will help the commissioners develop “a community-based solution” in support of current and future residents of Cedarbrook.

“We really and truly do care about those in the county who are vulnerable and need these types of services,” said Commissioner Lisa Scheller, who first proposed creating some kind of team to look at the future of Cedarbrook.

Lehigh County Authority chair not reappointed by commissioners

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Asa Hughes of Lowhill Township was voted off the board of Lehigh County Authority Wednesday night.

The 76-year-old Hughes has served 10 years on the board, including at least five years as its chairman.

He was seeking to be reappointed to a third five-year term by Lehigh County commissioners Wednesday night.

They voted 6-3 against reappointing him.

“There had to be a sacrificial lamb,” said Hughes after the vote.

He believes commissioners voted against him because he voted for the 2013 water/sewer lease between LCA and Allentown.

Most commissioners opposed that lease deal.

A few commissioners who voted against Hughes said they did so because he previously told them he might not be interested in serving his full five-year term if reappointed.

Commissioner Amanda Holt, for example, said she wants someone who will be committed to serving the full five years.

The vote on Hughes was one of four taken on reappointing LCA board members.
Commissioners also rejected reappointing Brian Nagle of Macungie by a 6-3 vote.

But they proposed working out a deal with county Executive Thomas Muller that would keep Nagle on LCA’s board.

They suggested Muller could recommend they appoint Nagle to fill the five-year vacancy created by Hughes being voted off the board.

In exchange for Nagle getting back on the board, the commissioners want to pick their own LCA board member to complete Nagle’s four-year term.

Brad Osborne, chairman of the nine commissioners, said he will make that proposal to the county executive Thursday.

Some commissioners said they want change and “new blood” on LCA’s nine-member board. But if they would reappoint Nagle, they will only create one vacancy.

Two other LCA board members were reappointed: Scott Bieber of Upper Milford Township and Norma Cusick of Salisbury Township.

The commissioners’ votes proved they were not determined to clean house at LCA by removing any members of its board who voted in favor of the 2013 water/sewer lease with Allentown.

Although Bieber voted for that lease, the commissioners voted for him unanimously.

Cusick, the only LCA board member who voted against the $211 million lease with the city, also unanimously was reappointed.

Many of the nine county commissioners were unhappy with the 2013 Allentown water/lease with LCA, especially because they unsuccessfully tried to stop it.

At that time, they were told their only recourse would be to dissolve LCA or not reappoint those LCA board members who voted for the lease.

Commissioner Lisa Scheller noted nearly half the LCA board — four of its nine members — was up for reappointment at the meeting.

Said Scheller: “Do I think that half the board needs to turn over? I don’t necessarily feel that everyone on the board needs to be replaced.”

Commissioner David Jones told LCA officials in the audience that appointing its board members is the only authority the county commissioners have to hold LCA’s board accountable.

Jones warned them not to be surprised “if that accountability gets exercised.”

He continued: “You’re not entitled to those positions. Those positions are granted to you by the good graces and trust of this board.”

Jones also said the commissioners were not exercising their authority only because of the Allentown water lease.

“This isn’t a board run amuck,” Jones told LCA.“This is a board operating within the scope of authority that the [county] charter has given it.”

Voting Hughes out

The only commissioners who voted for Hughes were Jones, Percy Dougherty and Geoff Brace.

Commissioner Vic Mazziotti announced he would be voting no on reappointing Hughes, but added it was not a vote of no-confidence. He thanked Hughes for his service and said his vote is not a criticism of his work on the LCA board.

Although he also voted no, Osborne told Hughes: “I can’t believe your credentials. They are just amazing.”

When Hughes stood to briefly address commissioners just before they voted, he said he appreciated the kind words.

He even thanked them, saying he thoroughly enjoyed being on LCA’s board. “I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve had.”

Hughes maintained LCA is a transparent organization and declared: “I’m very proud of what LCA has done.”

Immediately after Hughes’ reappointment was rejected, Osborne thanked him for his service to the community.

Nagle could take Hughes seat?

The only commissioners who voted to reappoint Nagle were Holt, Brace and Jones.

Jones voted for Nagle because he does not believe the commissioners will succeed in making their proposed “compromise negotiation” with the county executive.

Despite voting against keeping Nagle on LCA’s board, Osborne said the sense of the commissioners is that if the county nominates Nagle to fill Hughes’ seat, “this board would look upon it favorably.”

Commissioner Michael Schware said if Muller would recommend reappointing Nagle, “I would gladly consider that and would probably vote positively for it.”

But Schware later added he could support that only if Muller allows the commissioners to appoint someone to serve the rest of Nagle’s term.

“There has to be some give and take,” said Schware.

Dougherty wants to see Nagle reappointed and said he could go along Schware’s proposal. Scheller also liked it.

Brace said Nagle would be at the top of his list “if I had to rank the candidates and choose my favorite.”

Bieber spoke up for Nagle, who was not at the meeting.

He said Nagle has impeccable environmental credentials and is not reluctant to present “contrarian points of view, which is healthy for our board.

“However you work this out, I hope Mr. Nagle remains on our board,” Bieber told commissioners.

If Nagle had been reappointed, he would only have served on LCA’s board for four years, because action on his reappointment had been delayed for a year.

Former commissioner speaks for Hughes

“Asa Hughes is an engineer whose talents are extraordinary on the board,” said Emrich Stellar, an LCA board member who was not up for reappointment. “Asa Hughes is a wonderful leader.”

Stellar, a former county commissioner, said: “I don’t like where the conversation’s going because we really would have a dramatic loss without Asa — or any of my fellow board members.”

Stellar said all LCA board members have “climbed the hill” to acquire an extraordinary amount of knowledge needed to understand the complexity of issues handled by the regional water and sewer authority.

He said all four LCA directors up for reappointment would be difficult to replace because of their baseline knowledge “of what the heck they’re talking about when it comes to water and wastewater.”

Residents speak against Hughes and LCA

Resident David McGuire told commissioners he was representing the Little Lehigh Watershed Coalition, the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations and said: “I’ve been asked to recommend that you not vote for reappointment of Mr. Hughes.”

McGuire said those organizations have attended many meetings involving the quality of Little Lehigh Creek that were either run by or attended by LCA officials.

He said those organizations and the input offered by people in them should be respected but indicated they are not.

“We urge you not to reappoint a person who is too closely aligned with the negative face of LCA,” said McGuire.

“When it comes to the Little Lehigh Creek, it stinks,” declared McGuire. “It stinks because you can smell the sewage, time after time, in the creek.”

He said LCA has put “more Band-Aids on the Band-Aids” but “the creek still stinks. It’s not fit to let your children in.

“We’re sick of that kind of attitude toward this great community resource. The policies of an organization are set by its board.”

Resident Robert Hamill also encouraged commissioners to “at least” deny Hughes his board position “and force management turnover.”

Hamill, who lives along the Little Lehigh, said he has addressed LCA’s board a couple of times, even though it meets at noon on Mondays. But he maintained that, even before he said anything at those meetings, Hughes told him: “I am not going to listen to anything you say.”

Said Hamill: “A politically responsible organization would not act like a bully in a class.”

Said resident Joe Hilliard: “LCA has not been accountable to any entity. They act in a very arrogant fashion.”

Bieber’s pitch

Bieber told commissioners he wanted to be reappointed because he wants to continue overseeing three major projects that are unprecedented in the history of LCA.

They are the Allentown water/sewer lease, increasing sewage treatment capacity for future growth in the county and complying with a federal order to “tighten up” sewer lines to stop sewage overflows into Little Lehigh Creek.

Bieber explained his vote on the controversial water/sewer lease with Allentown before any of the commissioners asked him about it

He said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was dead set on leasing those systems “and I thought it was vitally important that we maintain local control of the city water system rather than having it leased out to a private company.”

“LCA is certainly the best party to run this thing, especially since we’re so integrated with the city already,” said Bieber. “We’re tied in with them with water and sewer.”

The water/sewer lease

Early in the long discussion about the reappointments, Jones suggested comments be limited to the qualifications of the four candidates being considered, “rather than re-litigating what we can’t put back in the box”: the water and sewer lease between Allentown and LCA.

“Even debating that question at this point is moot,” said Commissioner Vic Mazziotti. “It’s over; it’s done. There’s nothing we can do to change what’s been done.”

Mazziotti also said payback isn’t an appropriate reason for voting against somebody.

But Jones acknowledged that issue still might be relevant to some commissioners weighing the reappointments.

Schware said the lease is relevant to the debate on the reappointments “because it gives us an idea of how they voted on things.”

Schware’s position on LCA

Schware said LCA is an organization sorely in need of change, with a board of directors that is not taking care of things — including environmental and customer service issues.

He said when he asked Aurel Arndt, LCA’s chief executive officer, when the sewage overflow problem in Allentown’s Lehigh Parkway would be corrected, Arndt essentially told him: “We’ll get to it when we get to it.”

Said Schware: “That’s not acceptable to me.”

He said LCA was under a federal EPA administrative order to end that problem before the end of 2014, but waited until November to apply for an extension.

Arndt was in the audience at the meeting but did not stand to respond to the commissioner’s criticisms.

Schware also accused LCA of “hiding behind municipal immunity” when sewer line back-ups caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages to the homes of senior citizens living in west Allentown. “That issue still isn’t resolved.”

Noting that Muller serves on the LCA board to which he is recommending other appointees, Schware said that is an obvious conflict of interest. “It give him a power no other member on that board has.”

A legal opinion

Some commissioners hoped they would be able to select an LCA board member, because Nagle’s reappointment should have been reconsidered when his term on LCA’s board expired at the end of 2013.

Deputy county solicitor Catharine Roseberry said the county charter requires an appointment be made by the county executive within 90 days of a vacancy.

“However, the county executive does not lose his ability to appoint once the 90 days has passed,” she said.

She said if commissioners vote against Nagle, as they did, Muller still could appoint someone else before the commissioners would do so.

“Once the county executive has submitted a name, you do not have the ability to propose another name at the same time,” said Roseberry.

She indicated commissioners could put forth their own candidate only after rejecting the person recommended by the executive.

Armed Robbery at Monroe County Business

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KRESGEVILLE — State police in Monroe County are investigating an armed robbery. Troopers said a man with a knife entered Sunny’s Express Mart in Kresgeville Tuesday just before 3:00 p.m., demanded money from a cashier and got away with some cash. The man is described at a 25-50 year-old 6′ tall man weighing about 200 lbs. […]

Not much snow should fall Thursday but it will stay cold into weekend

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February is wrapping up as one of the coldest on record.

It’s snowing Thursday morning in Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The Eastern PA Weather Authority says that storm won’t impact the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey but snow showers could leave a dusting to up to an inch because “a northern stream of energy will still have to rotate through,” the Allentown-based weather service reports.

It’s going to stay cold through the weekend, with the possibility of light snow Sunday night into Monday morning, the weather-forecasting company says.

We’ll have to wait a bit until it becomes clear if March is going to as unseasonably cold as February has been.

Matt Broderick on WFMZ said Thursday morning that the temperature has been measured above freezing for just 72 hours in February.

The normal high is supposed to be 43 degrees by this point of the month, with a normal low of 24, the National Weather Service says. But Friday’s overnight low into Saturday, the last day of February, is forecast to be 3 above zero. It’s not near the 1934 record low of minus-10, but it’s still 21 degrees below what it’s supposed to be.

The average temperature on Feb. 25 is 33.1 degrees, the weather service says. The average on Wednesday was 21.5 degrees. The average for the month in 2015 is 19 degrees, second lowest on record to 16.6 degrees in 1934. The warmest average was 38.6 degrees in 1998. The historic mean is 30 degrees.

Easton Area High School graduation should be in Easton, senior says

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Easton Area School District John Desmond told the school board commencement should be closer to home.

Dressed in a bow tie and Easton Area School District colors, senior John Desmond urged the school board to honor Easton by moving the high school commencement ceremony back home.

The last graduation in Easton was in 1998, according to the Express-Times archives. The ceremony moved to Stabler Arena in Bethlehem due to construction at Kirby Field House on Lafayette College’s campus in 1999. It’s been held at Stabler every year since.

John DesmondEaston Area High School senior John Desmond wants to move graduation from Stabler Arena in Bethlehem to a venue in Easton 

“Easton disgraces its own name and tradition for the past years it held its graduation in Bethlehem,” Desmond said. “What is so special about the commencement ceremony at Stabler? Nothing.”

Desmond suggested hosting graduation at either the school district’s Cottingham Stadium or Lafayette College’s Fisher Stadium. If it rains, the ceremony could move to Kirby Field House, he said.

The home of the Red Rovers football team or the site of the annual Thanksgiving Day clash with Phillipsburg are more worthy of the ceremony than a site in Bethlehem, he said.

“It is the plague that haunts Easton, graduating from outside the city from where most of us have spent a large part of the last 12 years,” Desmond said.

School Board President Frank Pintabone said the district usually hands out about 5,000 graduation tickets and Kirby Field House only seats 2,644, but Desmond has given the board something to think about.

“Mr. Desmond I want to thank you for speaking with such passion,” Pintabone said. “You put a lot of thought into this.”

Desmond said the ceremony could be live streamed on the Internet for those who can’t get seats in Kirby Field House. Pintabone said Kirby is now air conditioned; it wasn’t back in the 1990s.

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Easton Area High School senior John Desmond wrote a column in the school newspaper The Junto in support of his position to move graduation to Easton.

Pennsylvania medical marijuana hearing touches on tracking, delivery, concerns and support

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Pennsylvania lawmakers considering medical marijuana legislation heard Wednesday from medical community supporters of cannabis as medicine and those with concerns, as well as entrepreneurs touting ways to track patients' use of the drug.

Pennsylvania lawmakers considering medical marijuana legislation heard Wednesday from medical community supporters of cannabis as medicine and those with concerns, as well as entrepreneurs touting ways to track patients’ use of the drug.

The state Senate Government Committee only took testimony and did not vote on the proposal, Senate Bill 3.

Sen. Daylin Leach in a statement afterward outlined changes he’d like his fellow committee members, including co-sponsor and Republican chairman of the committee Sen. Mike Folmer, to consider before a vote is taken.

“Today’s hearing made it clear that we can create a medical cannabis protocol in the Commonwealth that is among the best in the country,” Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, stated. “By adding language to Senate Bill 3 to allow doctors to decide what is best for their patients, we will enable thousands of Pennsylvanians to get the medical treatment they need to live healthy, happy and productive lives. To deny this medicine to people who desperately need it would be cruel and inhumane.”

Among the changes Leach said he would like to make the bill are the elimination of qualifying medical conditions so that patients and their doctors, not politicians, decide who can obtain marijuana. He’d also like Pennsylvania to permit vaporization as one of the ways to administer the drug.

A vote on whether Pennsylvania will join growing list of states that allow medical marijuana is still likely months away, pennlive.com reports.

Watch the hearing here:

According to statements provided by Leach’s office, those offering testimony were:

  • Jeffrey C. Raber, CEO of The Werc Shop LLC in Pasadena, California, discussing ways in which cannabis can be consumed:
Raw plant material:
Direct ingestion – juicing, in capsules, as tea
Combustion – standardized rolled cigarettes
Vaporization – hand-held to desktop units like the Volcano
Extracts:
Direct oral ingestion
Direct topical application
Vaporization
Derivative products:
Tinctures, capsules, tablets, ointments, creams, infused edible products for oral and sublingual applications, suppositories, transdermal patches, lozenges and dry powder inhalers
“All of the above mentioned systems may be effective for some patients,” Raber’s testimony reads. “An individual patient may even find that multiple methods of use are most effective for them throughout the day. It is entirely possible that a patient benefits tremendously from inhalation in the morning, sublingual delivery during the day and an oral ingestion at night before bedtime.”
  • Chris Ellis, principal of Beacon Information Designs LLC, and Nathan Groff, chief government relations officer for Veritec Solutions, discussing drug monitoring and patient registry options:

Groff’s testimony reads: “Modeled after the same technology that is in place within the financial sector, we would recommend that the state implement a real-time regulatory enforcement registry. While it may be confused with a patient registry, this type of system actually ties together the information from seed-to-sale systems, and dispensary point-of-sale systems.”

  • Pennsylvania Medical Society members cautioning against marijuana use:
Dr. Steven Shapiro, a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Trustees and a pediatrician practicing in Montgomery County, says in his statement: “Let me begin, as we did a year ago in our testimony before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, by expressing in the strongest terms our opposition to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana is a dangerous drug, and the public health consequences attendant to legalization for recreational use would be significant.
“However, the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment purposes is a more complicated matter. There is some evidence that marijuana may provide relief from nausea to cancer patients, and it is asserted that it may aid in the treatment of some other disorders as well. We are also aware of recent stories that oil derived from cannabidiol has aided some suffers of Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. However, legalizing medical marijuana on the basis of anecdotal evidence is risky at best, and may be dangerous at worst.”
Dr. Bruce MacLeod, an emergency physician from Allegheny County and the society’s immediate past president, discussed a particular derivative of cannabis that some have used successfully to reduce seizures in pediatric patients: “Senate Bill 3 goes far beyond the use of cannabidiol oil to treat children with seizure disorders, permitting the use of marijuana with THC, its psychoactive ingredient, to treat a long list of disorders. This despite a review in this month’s Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, stating that a growing body of evidence links cannabis to “long-term and potentially irreversible physical, neurocognitive, psychiatric and psychosocial adverse outcomes.”

  • Pennsylvania medical marijuana hearingView full sizeA bud of medical marijuana is displayed July 27, 2012, at the PureLife Alternative Wellness Center in Los Angeles, California. Alaska on Tuesday became the third American state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, following in the steps of Colorado and Washington state — and soon to be joined by Oregon. Pennsylvania lawmakers are debating whether to join the 23 states plus the District of Columbia that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. 

    Physicians noting a lack of studies and education on cannabis use to treat medical disorders:

Dr. Jack D’Angelo, of Staten Island, New York, said in his testimony: “It is important to note here that most funded studies on cannabis only focused on the side effects. Traditionally when a drug is studied we have the opportunity to assess its efficacy as well as its side effects but funded American research really has been limited to the side effects only. Even with this focus, there has been no noticeable link to mortality or long term side effects.”
Dr. Stephen B. Corn — Harvard Medical School director of clinical innovation, Brigham & Women’s Hospital staff scientist and director of clinical innovation at Children’s Hospital in Boston — stated: “Clearly, unbiased quality education was needed to address the therapeutic benefits, as well as the potential adverse effects of medical marijuana. In order to help fill this significant gap in medical education, in 2013 we launched “Medical Marijuana: Medical, Legal, Social, and Political Issues” on TheAnswerPage.com. Briefly, TheAnswerPage.com is a medical education website that I co-founded and has been providing free medical educational content worldwide since 1998.”

  • Medical professionals voicing support for medical marijuana:
Colleen L. Barry, associate professor and associate chairwoman for research and practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, stated: “In absolute terms, states with a medical marijuana law had about 1,700 fewer opioid painkiller overdose deaths overall in 2010 alone than would be expected based on trends before the laws were passed. While medical marijuana laws have been controversial, our study indicates an important unintended benefit of state medical marijuana laws.”
Thomas Trite, pharmacist in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, said in his statement: “Natural cannabis has a remarkably high margin of safety and it is virtually impossible to overdose on it. As stated by Arthur McBay, Chief Toxicologist for the state of North Carolina in 1997 – a person would have to consume 1500 pounds in 15 minutes to get a lethal dose. No one has ever died from an overdose of cannabis, but I have seen individual become incapacitated and often die from overdoses of pain pills and other medications.
“The key to the proper dosage for cannabis is to find the lowest dose that yields the intended benefit. Use of a cannabis vaporizer is the most recommended method as an alternative to smoking. A vaporizer is a device that gently heats up cannabis to a lower temperature, achieved with digital accuracy. This releases the active medicinal properties in a vapor that can be inhaled, but not to the point of combustion that would create smoke.
“A word of caution to those choosing to medicate with edible cannabis, unlike with vaporizing, it is much easier to over-consume and therefore over-medicate with ingestion. Because it can take longer to feel the effect patients are warned to start with a small amount wait an hour or two before ingesting more, and to be extra careful in consumption so as not to exceed recommended dosage. Cannabis edibles are particularly helpful to relieve pain, spasticity and sleep disorders. But for obvious reasons, edibles are not the best method for someone experiencing nausea, vomiting, or extreme break through pain requiring immediate relief.”
Dr. Alan Shackelford, of Denver, Colorado, said in his testimony: “Opposition by the Federal government notwithstanding, 23 states and Washington, D.C., as well as six other countries have established medical cannabis programs benefiting millions of patients with debilitating medical conditions. I hope that Pennsylvania will soon join them.”