Harrisburg Marijuana Legalization Rally – Press Conference 10 a.m. Pa. State Capitol Rotunda

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Lehigh Valley NORML

Contact: Jeff Riedy 610-533-0906, lehighvnorml@gmail.com, or Chris Goldstein southphillynorml@gmail.com (267) 702 3731

Event: Harrisburg Marijuana Legalization Rally – Press Conference 10 a.m. Pa. State Capitol Rotunda

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Pennsylvania residents will rally in Harrisburg for marijuana legalization

Allentown – Residents of the Keystone State will gather in Harrisburg on January 23, 2018 to speak with legislators about legalizing marijuana in an event co-sponsored by local NORML chapters, the ACLU-PA and the Keystone Cannabis Coalition.

A press conference is planned at 10:00 a.m. that will feature elected officials, advocates, medical marijuana patients and cannabis consumers.

Lehigh Valley NORML is spearheading the event with NORML chapters from Pittsburgh, South Philly and Lancaster sending volunteers to supply education tables and make office visits.

“Considering our current political climate, we have a unique opportunity to assemble the voices of cannabis advocacy from across this state to show legislators that we are united in our resolve for reform,” said Jeff Riedy of Lehigh Valley NORML, “We will arrive in Harrisburg determined to persuade our policymakers to follow the strong sentiment of Pennsylvania voters by ending our prohibition on marijuana.”

This will be the first of several planned marijuana rally days in Harrisburg with NORML chapters in 2018. A demonstration of a typical cannabis home cultivation setup, with a small indoor garden and LED lights, will be on display.

“With Delaware and New Jersey poised to legalize cannabis in 2018 we think Pennsylvania is ready to join the conversation,” said Chris Goldstein of South Philly NORML, “We can save more than 70 million tax dollars every year by stopping marijuana possession arrests alone, and we can see more than 300 million in new tax revenue for the commonwealth with retail cannabis.”

The Vermont legislature recently passed a bill to legalize marijuana possession and home cultivation. This was the first time a cannabis reform bill for adult consumers passed through the legislature instead of the ballot process. According to current data, Pennsylvania police are arresting 49 people, every single day (more than 18,000 per year), for less than 30 grams of cannabis.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a change in posture at the Department of Justice towards regulated cannabis on January 4, 2018, the same week that Pa. medical cannabis providers were approved to begin growing. NORML chapters applaud the strong response from Gov. Wolf. state Sen. Mike Folmer, Auditor General Eugene Depasquale and middle district U.S. Attorney David Freed who stood up for our local laws.

The following week Rep. Dwight Evans (D, Pa.-26) became the first member of Congress in the area to cosponsor HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. “First, I think I have different view because I served in the state legislature and I voted for the medical marijuana bill,” Evans told Philly.com, “ Second, I have long believed [marijuana] should be decriminalized because that is what Mayor Jim Kenney did in the city of Philadelphia, particularity because we were targeting African American males [for arrests]. Last, I think that the whole aspect of moving in the direction of recreational marijuana is something that we should do because there are many opportunities in that.”

Rep. Mike Doyle (D, Pa-14) and Rep. Brendan Boyle (D, Pa.-13) also signed on to a letter with 70 members of Congress rebuking Sessions for his new cannabis posture. Pennsylvania now joins just a handful of states with active marijuana reform at all levels with decriminalization ordinances underway in Erie and Easton, a thriving hemp program, a nascent medical cannabis program, and now members of our Congressional delegation involved with national efforts.

While the January 23 Pennsylvania Marijuana Lobby Day was planned months ago, the new move by the Trump administration has added a new energy. By working on local reform, residents and advocates are sending a strong message to Washington DC that States are moving forward with cannabis.

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Contact: Jeff Riedy 610-533-0906, lehighvnorml@gmail.com, or Chris Goldstein southphillynorml@gmail.com (267) 702 3731

Emergency alert contact your representative Jeff sessions on the prowl.

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that the Justice Department has rescinded, effective immediately, Obama administration guidelines – known as the Cole memorandum – which directed US attorneys to not interfere with those compliant with state cannabis laws.

Send a letter to your lawmakers NOW and tell them to reject AG Sessions efforts to revert to the failed criminal policies of the ‘Just Say No’ era

“By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the ‘Just Say No’ and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people overwhelmingly support the legalization of marijuana and oppose federal intervention in state marijuana laws by an even wider margin. This move by the Attorney General will prove not just to be a disaster from a policy perspective, but from a political one. The American people will not just sit idly by while he upends all the progress that has been made in dialing back the mass incarceration fueled by marijuana arrests and destabilizes an industry that is now responsible for over 150,000 jobs. Ending our disgraceful war on marijuana is the will of the people and the Trump Administration can expect severe backlash for opposing it,” said Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director.

Tell your Representatives and Senators to fight back against Jeff Sessions

This move by the administration runs contrary to the wishes of the overwhelming majority of US voters, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – who support the regulation of adult cannabis use and also believe that determining marijuana policy ought to be a state issue, not a federal one.

Today, one in five Americans resides in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal under state statute, and the majority of citizens reside someplace where the medical use of cannabis is legally authorized. It is time for Congressional representatives in these districts to step up and defend the rights of their constituents – many of whom rely on these policies for their health and welfare.

Jeff Sessions is trying to target the cannabis community. Tell Congress that it is their time to step in NOW

Together we can fight this,
The NORML Team

Let’s not settle on anything less but full legalization.

Let’s not settle for less than anything but full legalization in the state of Pennsylvania. A fully legalized industry, with full employment for everybody. Medical is great and all but what about the rest of us that want to get in and be growers and processors and delivery people.

 

Have are own shops and stores and our own community! We deserve that wealth and safety also, every single one of us, I want to see an industry here in the state of Pennsylvania. What About Us?

 

 

Let’s face it the other states are besting us in this industry and here we are falling more more behind with  out-of-towners getting licenses to grow and process for medical. We need your help to us start 2018 off right, with a small monthly donation. It’ll just be harder for us to compete if we don’t get this done now.

 

Help us to put the Pennsylvania legislature on notice, we want full legalization. We want tax revenue for our schools ,our children. Less tax money leaving our paychecks. The list of positives just goes on and on but our legislators just don’t want to hear it.

 

Many many times I’m asked what can I do ? We need you to register to vote and contact your state representative and tell him what you want, it’s your right just be polite. The most important thing you can do in this fight is talk to your representative, for or against, talk to your representative.  Be that dude and help us out.

 

Want to know more come see us Wednesday December 20th general meeting.

 

General meeting with John fetterman candidate for lieutenant governor. Pittsburgh NORML executive director Patrick K Nightingale Esquire. Will also be on hand to answer any questions.

 

Black Forge Coffee House 7 p.m. see you there.

 

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Sincerely

Steve Jaraczewski

Pittsburgh NORML board of directors.

 

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