Rep. Ed Gainey discussing marijuana decriminalization bill this Sunday in Erie.

Rep. Ed Gainey will be addressing the Northwest PA Chapter ACLU in Erie regarding his bill, H.B.195, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Northwest PA Chapter ACLU’s Spring Lecture

2- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23

Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library Admiralty Room
160 E. Front St., Erie, PA 16507

The event is free and open to the public.

The bill would change a conviction of the possession of small amounts of marijuana (30 grams or less) or hashish (8 grams or less) to a summary offense, reduced from a misdemeanor.

Reducing the criminal charge to a summary offense would alleviate the stigma that can follow a misdemeanor conviction for life.

A misdemeanor conviction can limit future employment opportunities and bar the person from public housing and college loans. Reducing the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana will help keep those pathways open for the approximately 18,000 Pennsylvanians convicted of minor possession charges every year.

This bill also would align state law with local ordinances that have been adopted in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Lancaster.

Pittsburgh NORML executive director Patrick Nightingale will be joining him.

If you would like more information on decriminalization in Pennsylvania, we have two pamphlets you can download from the Pennsylvanian cannabis association  and the Keystone cannabis coalition.

Get on the Bus on 4/19 Pennsylvania Marijuana Decriminalization Rally

We need activists to get on the bus. If you can’t get on the bus how about donating some tickets! So we can hook up some people to go. If you have ever wanted to do something to help change marijuana laws now would be the time to act. We need you too act now!!

Purchase tickets right HERE

It is time for Pennsylvania to decriminalize marijuana! We must do so IMMEDIATELY! Around 20,000 people are arrested in Pennsylvania every year. That means unless we make changes to the law over the next ten years around 200,000 Pennsylvania citizens will have their lives ruined or severely interrupted by arrest!

Pittsburgh NORML Meeting and Free Expungement Workshop

Our montly meeting is Thursday January 5th starting around 7PM at Black Forge Coffee House and we will discuss the latest in the news and views of medical marijuana here in Pittsburgh and PA.

We also invite all of our friends and supporters to join us for a free “expungement workshop.” Attorney Patrick K. Nightingale of PKN Law – Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorneys and Executive Director of Pittsburgh Norml will be discussing PA Expungement law and what rights you have to remove certain criminal charges from your criminal history.

If you have a marijuana related charge on your record and you are curious if it can be expunged come and we will give you free and direct legal advice.

Please share this with anyone you know that may have interest in this valuable workshop.

Expungement (also called “expunction”) is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.” The availability of expungement, and the procedure for getting an arrest or conviction expunged, will vary according to the state or county in which the arrest or conviction occurred.