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.

Motion filed challenging the Constitutionality of marijuana’s Schedule I classification.

Pittsburgh attorney and marijuana reform activist Patrick K. Nightingale has filed a motion challenging the Constitutionality of marijuana’s Schedule I classification.

The motion was filed with the Court of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania law defines a Schedule I substance as a substance with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

Despite this classification, Pennsylvania recently joined 25 other states with a medicinal marijuana program and the Pennsylvania Legislature specifically found that marijuana can provide relief to critically ill Pennsylvanians.

Mr. Nightingale has released the following statement clarifying his challenge of the Schedule 1 classification of marijuana in Pennsylvania:

“Both medicinal consumers and recreational consumers are faced with potential prosecution for possession of a Controlled I substance despite the fact that we have a law demonstrating its efficacy for treating any of 17 qualifying conditions. I believe this amounts to a denial of equal protection and the Court is in a position to address this contradiction.”

Previous challenges in states like California, for example, have gone unresolved, leaving the process of removing Marijuana from the Schedule 1 list in the hands of Congress.
Unfortunately, Congress has been unwilling or unable to act decisively on this important issue, ultimately affecting not just Pennsylvanians, but every American citizen and their right to equal protection under the law.
It is our contention that the Court has the power to force Congress to finally take action on this clearly contradictory law as a violation of Constitutional Rights.

http://patricknightingale.com/immediate-release-pittsburgh-attorney-challenges-marijuanas-schedule-classification/