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

Canadians Involved In Legal Marijuana Industry To Be Barred Entry To The United States

Washington, DC: A top official from the US Customs and Border Patrol has affirmed that the agency will enforce a federal policy prohibiting those involved with the Canadian marijuana industry from entering the United States.

Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act states that foreigners are ineligible to enter the US if they are “determined to be a drug abuser” or if they have assisted in the trafficking of an illicit substance. A US Custom representative told Politico that the agency is broadly interpreting the statute to include those who work or have financially invested in Canada’s legal marijuana industry, or who acknowledge personal use of the substance.

Canada legalized the regulated production and distribution of medical cannabis nearly two decades ago. In June of this year, Canadian lawmakers gave final approval to separate legislation regulating the adult use marijuana market. The new law takes effect on October 17, 2018.

NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano strongly criticized the US enforcement policy, stating: “This is an irrational and discriminatory policy that unduly penalizes tens of thousands of Canadians who pose no health or safety risk to the United States. At a time when public opinion and the culture surrounding marijuana is rapidly shifting, not just in the United States but around the world, it is inane for US border officials to maintain such a draconian and backward-looking policy.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org or NORML Political Director, Justin Strekal, at (202) 483-5500.