Pennsylvania dispensaries will now be allowed to sell actual pot. On Monday, the state medical marijuana advisory board voted unanimously to allow dried buds and flowers into Pa.'s nascent weed marketplace. (Previously, only waxes, edibles, and other non-smokable forms were allowed.) The move is expected to lighten somewhat the shortages the industry has faced in its first months. During the same meeting, the board approved a more controversial recommendation, to allow medical marijuana to be used to treat opioid addiction. Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, six board members voted in favor, while four opposed it and two abstained.
The head of Philly's Zoning Board is denying variances for multi-family housing because of trash. Litter is a major problem in many parts of Philadelphia, and ZBA Chairman Frank DiCicco believes bad zoning is one of the reasons. He's seen it happen many times: when developers flip lots from single-family homes to complexes built for multiple families, they don't account for the extra garbage, and it ends up on the street. The best way to ensure that doesn't happen, DiCicco told Billy Penn, is to put the kibbosh on those developments from the get-go.
Yesterday we told you Pitbull would headline this year's Wawa Welcome America festival. After a day to digest the news, we've come to a conclusion: the Latino hip-hop phenom is the perfect artist to represent on July 4 in Philly. A Cuban-American raised by a single mother in Miami, the man born Armando Christian Pérez truly embodies the American dream. With his worldliness, resourcefulness, baldness and penchant for booty, he could almost be our modern-day Ben Franklin. Oookay, maybe that's a stretch, but his bilingual bops are gonna make this year's Independence Day party hot.
Inside a Norristown court room yesterday, prosecutors revealed that Bill Cosby had paid Andrea Constand, whose sexual assault allegations are the reason for this trial, nearly $3.4 million in a civil settlement. Outside the courthouse, the excitement was provided by a protester who lunged at Cosby as he walked in. Later identified as Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who'd appeared on The Cosby Show, her bare chest had the words "Women's Lives Matter" written across them, along with the names of many of his accusers. If Rochelle's goal was to get her message out there, the gambit definitely worked.
Next Tuesday, April 17, people who love cooking with local ingredients will want to join us in Center City for an up-close demo with local honey. Chef Lynn Rinaldi of Paradiso Restaurant on East Passyunk has had hives on her roof for eight years now, so she's learned to make great use of their sweet nectar. As we go step-by-step through constructing two savory dishes, you'll get to snack on samples, and you'll go home with the recipes and a jar of the local honey to use in your own kitchen. What'll you make? We're thinking of hosting an Instagram contest to show us what you come up with. All-inclusive tickets are $15, snag them here.
AL DÍA News is hosting a forum with the five Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. Confirmed to attend are current Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and challengers John Fetterman, Kathi Cozzone, Ray Sosa and Nina Ahmad.
Where: Kiva Auditorium at Temple at N. 13th St. & Cecil B. Moore Ave., 19122
When: April 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP