Tax and Regulate

Special elections TOMORROW could be crucial for cannabis legalization

If there’s an election in your town, find out where candidates stand before you vote! If not, please contact your representatives and senators today.

Two special elections for state representative are being held in Connecticut tomorrow (Tuesday, January 14), and these races could be critical to our success on cannabis legalization in 2020. If you live in one of these two districts, we strongly encourage you to vote! State legislative districts are relatively small, and we’ve seen races decided by a single vote.

To find out where candidates stand, we sent them surveys consisting of one simple question: “Would you support legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older?” Here are the details on who is running and where they stand on the issue:

In the 48th Assembly District (portions of Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, and Windham), Brian Smith (D-Colchester) responded yes to our survey. Mark DeCaprio (R-Lebanon) did not respond. During a public forum, DeCaprio indicated that he does not support legalization.

In the 132nd Assembly District (portions of Fairfield), Jennifer Leeper (D-Fairfield) responded yes to our candidate survey. Brian Farnen (R-Fairfield) did not respond.

If you have friends or family living in one of these districts, please forward this message to them and remind them to vote tomorrow! If you’re not sure about your voter registration status or where to vote, click here for more information.

Finally, if you don’t live in one of these districts, please email your elected officials right now and urge them to support ending marijuana prohibition in 2020!

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Tax and Regulate

Monroe, Northhampton, Berks, Lebanon, Forest, Jefferson, Blair, and Indiana County, PA listening tour stops added

Lt. governor's marijuana legalization listening tour will visit New Castle, East Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Reading, Lebanon, Tionesta, Duncansville Reynoldsville, and Indiana between tonight and Sunday, April 14.

Over the next 11 days, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be hearing constituents' views on marijuana legalization in nine counties. If you live in any of those counties, try to stop by to make your voice heard.

Here are upcoming stops:

TONIGHT: New Castle (Lawrence County)
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
George Washington Intermediate School, Auditorium
101 E. Euclid Avenue

East Stroudsburg (Monroe County)
Sunday, April 7, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
East Stroudsburg University Auditorium
200 Prospect Street

Bethlehem (Northhampton County)
Sunday, April 7, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way

Reading (Berks County)
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Red Knight Accelerated Academy, City Line Campus
1700 City Line Avenue

Lebanon (Lebanon County)
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Hebron Catering & Events Inc.
701 E. Walnut Street

Tionesta (Forest County)
Saturday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tionesta Volunteer Fire Department
107 Bridge Street

Reynoldsville (Jefferson County)
Saturday, April 13, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
The Foundry
45 W. Main Street

Duncansville (Blair County)
Sunday, April 14, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
AFSCME Chapter 89
161 Patchway Road

Indiana (Indiana County)
Sunday, April 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Indiana University of PA
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
711 Pratt Drive

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

When deciding what you'd like to say, feel free to draw from our document on the Top 10 reasons to end marijuana prohibition or other materials. You may want to consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

Even if you're not up for speaking in public, you can still make your voice heard. Fetterman has been asking for a show of hands for supporters and opponents, and the governor's office is soliciting feedback on the issue online.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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Medical Marijuana

New Hampshire Towns to Hold Medical Marijuana Forums

It appears that New Hampshire is finally ready to move forward with its process of approving medical marijuana dispensary locations. The good news is that a DHHS spokesman has said “we do have several sites that are fairly well finalized.” However, the law requires that a public hearing be held in each town where dispensaries or cultivation facilities are being planned.

As part of this process, the Department of Health and Human Services is holding public meetings to consider local input. If you live in or near one of these towns, please attend and speak up in favor of allowing the proposed dispensary or cultivation facility to move forward!

Here are the details for each public hearing:

Peterborough: Tuesday, August 18 — 5:00 p.m. at Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove Street

(NOTE: This location has been proposed for a cultivation facility only, not a dispensary. It’s worth pointing out that patients and caregivers who live in or near Peterborough will have to drive all the way to Merrimack or Lebanon to obtain cannabis.)

Lebanon: Wednesday, August 19 — 7:00 p.m. at Lebanon City Hall, 51 North Park Street

Merrimack: Tuesday, August 25 — 7:00 p.m. at Merrimack Town Hall, Matthew Thornton Room, 8 Baboosic Lake Road

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