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Smart Talk: Many questions about medical marijuana; Cleaning up state parks

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 8, 2016 3:38 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, June 8, 2016:

When Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation last April legalizing the use of medical marijuana to treat about a dozen illnesses, it was celebrated by thousands across Pennsylvania -- especially the parents of children who suffered from violent seizures and could be treated with the substance.  The governor and others were quick to point out that medical marijuana wouldn't be available overnight and that it may two years before the program was fully operational.

In the meantime, many questions have arisen like how and when will marijuana be grown, will doctors who will have to prescribe it and banks that will finance operations get on board and what about insurance companies?

The Central Penn Business Journal has published a special report this week addressing those and other questions about medical marijuana.

Two of the reporters who worked on the series -- Lenay Ruhl and Michael Sadowski -- appear on Wednesday's Smart Talk.

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Central Penn Business Journals' Lenay Ruhl and Michael Sadowski

Also, it's called tagging and you probably have seen something today that has been tagged by a graffiti artist or at least an amateur graffiti artist.  Graffiti and other trash can be seen in even some of the most pristine places in Pennsylvania, including our state parks.  But now there is a program to clean the parks and forests up - it's called the Stewards of Penn's Woods Initiative.

Joining us to talk about it is Marci Mowery, President, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.

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Marci Mowery joins us in the studio

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