email from John Fetterman, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, 1/10/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps bring to readers’ attention thoughts and issues raised by varied Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)
I’ll never fully understand why we’re so hung up on marijuana in this country.
Last week, Jeff Sessions chose to revive the decades-old war on drugs by encouraging attorneys in the Department of Justice to freely prosecute buyers, sellers, and users of cannabis under federal law.
It’s hard for me to imagine that in a time when the opioid epidemic is ravaging entire communities across Pennsylvania, we would need to spend our limited resources on prosecuting adults who choose to use cannabis in their spare time. It’s equally as hard for me to imagine how we could ignore the deeply negative impact that this nation’s drug policy has had on African Americans and people of color over the past few decades.
Jeff Sessions is dead-wrong on marijuana, and his drug-war agenda needs to be stopped now.
If you agree, sign my petition to show your support for legalizing marijuana and putting an end to this administration’s radical war on drugs. Continue reading
By Robert J. Vickers, PennLive, April 11, 2014
Katie McGinty, the former Pennsylvania environmental protection secretary endorsed by former Vice President Al Gore, sat down with the PennLive editorial board Friday afternoon.
Here are seven takeaways from the discussion.
1 – “My position is to legalize and create a program with respect to medical marijuana that is based on medical necessity … [but] just any doctor’s prescription, I don’t think, is the way to go.”
Although it’s been previously reported that McGinty opposed legalizing medical marijuana, she said Friday she would pursue legalization as governor. But she’d want access to medicinal cannibus to require more than a doctor’s prescription. She’d mirror New York State’s approach of consulting the medical community to identify specific ailments it could be prescribed for legally.
2 – “Tom Wolf has come forward with information [about his campaign finances]. I expect, and am certain, that he will continue to make plain how he has put the money together for his campaign.”
In Wednesday’s Widener Law School debate of three Democratic gubernatorial candidates, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Montgomery County, grilled York County businessman and primary frontrunner Tom Wolf for taking out a $4 million loan as part of his campaign finance strategy. McGinty steered clear of the subject during the debate, and wouldn’t criticize Wolf Friday.
3 – “I think it’s wholly inadequate … It’s absolutely unacceptable to have the weakest ethics laws in the country. That our response would be ‘Well, we’ll make it illegal for someone to take a fist full of cash, but by the way if that same person is handed tickets to an all expense paid wonderful vacation in Hawaii or Tahiti, that’s going to be absolutely fine. Clearly that’s not fine.”
McGinty speaking about the need for “an absolute and total gift ban” for elected officials in Pennsylvania. …
keep reading at PennLive
By Queen Muse, NBC 10 Philadelphia, Jan 27, 2014
As Pennsylvania’s race for governor begins to take shape, one candidate has chosen the controversial issue of marijuana legalization as one of the cornerstones of his campaign.
John Hanger, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, today unveiled two campaign billboards that send an urgent message on the subject: legalize and tax marijuana now.
Hanger’s political director Roger Cohen said addressing the punishment of marijuana possession is just one of the topics Hanger plans to focus on throughout his campaign for governor.
“The motto of the campaign is jobs, not jails and the legalization and taxation of marijuana. This is a very important issue to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Pennsylvanians,” Cohen said.
“There are people’s lives who have been ruined by arrest and incarceration for this offense — mainly African-Americans — and there are hundreds of thousands of families who have a sick relative who can’t get medicine. These are issues about freedom and one of the focuses of the campaign is creating a new freedom.”
The billboards are located in Erie, Pa. on I-79 South and in Scranton, Pa. on I-81.
Hanger’s chief rival, incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, has vocally opposed legalization of marijuana and several other candidates, including Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, have yet to take a definitive stance on the issue….
keep reading at NBC 10 Philadelphia