Exciting Rallies This Weekend In West Chester and Philly
For those of you paying attention, you know that plenty is happening in Pennsylvania right now. Philadelphia decriminalized up to an ounce of cannabis and it’s been in effect for nine months already. We seem on the verge of passing a medical cannabis bill. Our hemp bill seems also destined to pass. Municipalities around the state are discussing decriminalization. Governor Wolf is working with advocates and pushing for decriminalization.
Meanwhile, change is accelerating all around the country. Four states – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, plus Washington D. C. – have full legalization. 23 states have passed medical cannabis bills.
The states surrounding us are changing. Maryland decriminalized cannabis plus has medical cannabis. Delaware is opening up it first medical cannabis dispensary and has just decriminalized cannabis. New York has decriminalization and a limited medical cannabis bill. New Jersey has medical cannabis. Ohio is getting full legalization on the ballot in November and may pass it.
Here in Pennsylvania though, despite the hope of change all we have so far is talk. Medical cannabis is still illegal here. Farmers still can not grow hemp. Possession of cannabis is still considered a crime. The people are demanding change but yet they are still resisting and delaying us.
So what are we to do about it? Well, one thing we are going to do is we are going to make our voices heard in the streets all around the state. That is why we are rallying in West Chester on Saturday at 3:00 pm. We are going to hear from some fiery supporters like David Baker – congressional candidate who plans to take on Congressman Joe Pitts, Mike Whiter – former Marine Corps Staff Sgt., who is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and working to bring attention to cannabis and PTSD, N.a. Poe – hero of the Smoke Down Prohibition rallies in Philadelphia. We will have other passionate speakers as well and even an open mic where YOU get to say what YOU want.
We need a good turnout in West Chester to really drive home the point that there is wide support for change in Pennsylvania. The West Chester Hemp Freedom Rally will be held outside the old court house on 2 North High Street. After the rally we have a great after-party planned at Sprout Music Collective, just steps away from the rally, with the great rock and reggae grooves of Kintala.
We will also be attending the Smoke Down Prohibition rally on Friday in Philadelphia that starts at 4:00 pm at Love Park. The crowd is expected to number around a thousand people.
So two important rallies this weekend to attend. We hope to see as many of you there as can attend. These are important opportunities that we have to show our strength and to make our voices heard. They are supplements to our work in the General Assembly and serve to help kick them in the ass a little bit to give them some incentive to get things done.
We are tired of talk. It’s time for action and we need everybody involved.
See you in West Chester!