Patients and advocates celebrated earlier this year when Pennsylvania's first medical marijuana dispensaries finally opened after legislation creating the program passed in 2016. The creation of the program has been a step in the right direction for people whose serious illnesses leave them dealing with unbearable pain and other side effects.
After a judge dismissed nearly all the most serious charges last September against several members of Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity in the death of a pledge, many of those accused were likely ready to move on with their lives. The case garnered national attention and sparked more conversations about the role that excessive alcohol consumption plays in campus Greek life.
One of the ways that state authorities here in Pennsylvania have tried to make it easier to save the lives of people who are overdosing on drugs like heroin or fentanyl is through the state’s “Good Samaritan Law.”
A recent arrest of a Penn State student should give many parents and students pause about how law enforcement can choose to throw someone’s future into doubt through their charging decisions.
With fatal drug overdoses continuing to mount by the thousands, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared the ongoing addiction and opioids crisis a public health emergency, setting up a framework to allow the state to respond to the crisis like it would a natural disaster.
Pennsylvania has a strong culture of responsible gun ownership. Throughout the state, people use their Second Amendment rights to use firearms to hunt, target shoot and protect their loved ones and property. It is that last item, however, that can court controversy.
As a college town, it is not surprising to many people that State College, Pennsylvania, contains its fair share of people who like to party hard. However, a recent report shows just how much more State College residents like to party than the average Pennsylvanian.
People were shocked earlier this month when a Centre County judge dismissed nearly all of the charges pertaining to the death of a Beta Theta Pi fraternity pledge at Penn State University. In all, 18 fraternity members faced criminal charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to tampering in the death of Timothy Piazza.
The fall semester is only a few weeks away at Penn State University, along with Penn Tech, Bucknell and Lock Haven. Soon, thousands and thousands of college freshmen will flood the area, anxious to experience their first brush with independence from their parents.
While there are no known issues here in Centre County, Pennsylvania, news reports from across the country of faulty procedures, cover-ups and dishonest and incompetent employees in crime labs should be enough to make any person arrested based on forensic evidence nervous.