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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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Pennsylvania: 11 more marijuana legalization listening tour stops added

Between Tuesday and May 4, the lieutenant governor's listening tour will visit Tioga, Adams, Clinton, Pike, Snyder, Union, Wayne, Columbia, Lycoming, Franklin, and Bradford counties.

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

Here are upcoming stops:

Mansfield (Tioga County)
Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Mansfield University
Straughn Auditorium
35 Straughn Drive

Gettysburg (Adams County)
Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Gettysburg Area High School
1130 Old Harrisburg Road

Lock Haven (Clinton County)
Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lock Haven University, Sloan Theatre
401 N. Fairview Street

Dingmans Ferry (Pike County)
Sunday, April 28, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Dingman-Delaware Middle School
1365 PA-739

Selinsgrove (Snyder County)
Monday, April 29, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Susquehanna University, Degenstein Center Theater
514 University Avenue

Lewisburg (Union County)
Saturday, April 27, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
RiverStage Community Theatre
815 Market Street

Hawley (Wayne County)
Sunday, April 28, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Wallenpaupack High School
2552 US-6

Bloomsburg (Columbia County)
Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bloomsburg University
400 E. Second Street

Williamsport (Lycoming County)
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Klump Academic Center
1034 W. Third Street

Chambersburg (Franklin County)
Thursday, May 2, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center
235 S. Third Street

Towanda (Bradford County)
Saturday, May 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Towanda High School
1 High School 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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