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The Pitt Prescription: Exploring medical marijuana as alternative medicine

The Pitt Prescription
The Pitt Prescription is a bi-weekly blog where student pharmacist and Senior Staff Writer Elizabeth Donnelly provides tips on how to stay healthy in college. This edition was reviewed by Karen S. Pater, PharmD, CDCES, BCACP.
April 20, 2020
More states are beginning to legalize the use of medical marijuana (AKA medical cannabis) and some patients are getting the opportunity to try new therapies for previously difficult to treat conditions.

The Outbreak | Cannabis, coronavirus and boredom

The Outbreak | Cannabis, coronavirus and boredom
The Outbreak is a new blog describing the different ways the coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives.
April 20, 2020
To be honest, I am not sure if I would be able to keep my sanity during this quarantine without weed to take the edge off. 

Editorial: Medical marijuana use should not impact housing assistance decisions

Individuals applying for Section 8 housing can be denied on the basis of medical marijuana usage.
February 12, 2020
The fact that an individual can be denied housing when they would otherwise be eligible is ridiculous, and the use of medical marijuana should not be considered when determining if a person qualifies for Section 8 housing.

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

Driving skills can be negatively impacted while under the influence of THC.
August 29, 2019
Researchers from the chemistry department’s Star Lab and Swanson’s electrical and computer engineering department worked together to develop the prototype.

Opinion | Pa. marijuana legalization necessary

Democratic Sens. Daylin Leach and Sharif Street proposed Pennsylvania Senate Bill 350 on March 18, an extremely progressive cannabis legalization bill.
March 24, 2019
In the push for meaningfully combating racist practices, creating legal opportunities for medicinal and recreational marijuana users and bolstering the state’s economy, approving SB 350 is an instrumental move.

Editorial: Riding high: United States should follow Canada’s pot legalization

(Image by Thomas Yang | Assistant Visual Editor)
October 17, 2018
Canada became the second country in the world to legalize cannabis on Wednesday. The United States should follow suit — and weed out oppressive drug policies.

Editorial: Sessions takes step backward on weed

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
January 8, 2018

It’s no secret President Trump’s attorney general has a strong antiquated streak — even his full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, conjures up images of Confederate generals and “Gone with...

Blazing through the ages: Cannabis prevalent on campus in ’70s

April 19, 2015

When you look out over the Cathedral lawn, you see students sprawled out, soaking up the mid-April sun. While today you wouldn’t find anyone conspicuously smoking pot, 40 or 50 years ago pot use was...

Marijuana punishments inconsistent across professional sports

April 19, 2015

Professional athletes smoke pot. We know this. It’s not a big secret, nor should it be.But even as state after state legalizes marijuana, major league sports officials continue to classify the drug in...

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