Confined to Zoom no more, activists return to state Capitol to hold lawmakers to account
After being shut out for much of the last year, activists of all stripes are returning to the stately marble steps and gilded interior of the Pennsylvania Capitol.
Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler talks misinformation, amendments and marijuana
The Capital-Star spoke with House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, recently. Among the youngest people to oversee the Pennsylvania House, the upcoming two years will be his first full session as the Republican-controlled chamber’s presiding officer.
Democrat Kenyatta brings his ‘working poor’ Philly upbringing to 2022 Senate race
A tall, brash Democratic politician familiar to Twitter users and cable news viewers alike with a pitch about fighting for working people has just stepped into Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. You may feel like you have already read this story, but it’s not about Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. It’s about Philadelphia state Rep. Malcolm […]
Wolf puts recreational weed, paid family leave, hazard pay and business grants on fall agenda
With the Legislature set to reconvene next week, Gov. Tom Wolf released a broad policy platform Tuesday calling for legal weed, paid family leave, and campaign finance reform.
Cannabis legalization may be off the table for Pennsylvania’s GOP majority. Decriminalization is another matter
Gov. Tom Wolf has embraced legalizing recreational cannabis for adults. The GOP is unlikely to get on board.
Poll: 59 percent of Pennsylvania voters support legalizing recreational cannabis
As Lt. Gov. John Fetterman tours the state seeking input on recreational cannabis, a clear majority of Pennsylvania voters say in a new poll they support legalization.
In Lancaster, concerns about legal marijuana’s impact on kids meets fierce libertarian spirit
The audience of hundreds in downtown Lancaster's Ware Center included at least one man in a Make America Great Again hat and another in a "Fuck Donald" T-shirt. Opinions on legalization were about as divergent.
In first year of medical marijuana, 80,000+ Pennsylvanians okayed to toke medicine
(*This story has been edited to reflect that more than 1,000 physicians have been approved to participate in the program, and to clarify the number of people approved to use medical marijuana.) Pennsylvania’ medical marijuana industry now has 83,000 people who could legally use medical marijuana in the program’s first year. During that time, more […]
Rep. Jake Wheatley thinks Pa. is ready for recreational pot – again
Even with Senate GOP leadership opposed and a decriminalization bill just receiving its first tentative vote last fall, Rep. Jake Wheatley sees reasons for optimism that this session could mean legal pot for Pennsylvania.