Rally for Reform in Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PENNSYLVANIA NORML CHAPTERS AND KEYSTONE CANNABIS COALITION ARE HOSTING A “RALLY IN THE ROTUNDA” TO CALL FOR CANNABIS REFORM IN THE COMMONWEALTH.

What: A “Rally for Reform” at the State Capitol.

Where: Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA

When: Monday, September 24, 2018 from 10am-Noon

 

Pennsylvania’s NORML chapters along with Keystone Cannabis Coalition are hosting a “Rally for Reform” in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.

Speakers include Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Lt. Governor candidate John Fetterman, Rep. Jake Wheatley, Rep. Ed Gainey, Senator Daylin Leach, Sen. Sharif Street and Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negrón.

” With cannabis arrest counts rising across the state and neighboring states threatening legalization, the time is right for this discussion in Pennsylvania.
If Pennsylvanians could vote on cannabis legalization in November, I am confident that we would win.”

-Jeff Riedy, Executive Director Lehigh Valley NORML

“Thousands of our citizens are finding relief legally for thanks to Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis law. But our citizens should not have to have a “serious medical condition” in order to be protected from an immoral and archaic law.”

-Theresa Nightingale, Pittsburgh NORML Women’s Alliance

“We know we are on the right side of history and we refuse to remain silent while our elected officials hide behind decades old nonsense ignoring the fact that over 60% of Pennsylvanians support full legalization.”

-Les Stark, Keystone Cannabis Coalition

“Cannabis prohibition costs our taxpayers over $300 million annually. Persons of color are charged at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts despite similar patterns of use. Its time to end the ridiculous war on cannabis and realize the significant economic opportunities afforded by legalization.”

-Patrick K. Nightingale, Executive Director Pittsburgh NORML

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Patrick K. Nightingale, Esq.: pknlaw@mac.com, 412.225.7959
Jeff Reidy: lehighvnorml@gmail.com, 610.533.090
Les Stark: lesstark@ptd.net, 610.468.0690
Theresa Nightingale: theresadnightingale@gmail.com, 724.757.6385

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.