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May 08, 2016

Marijuana reform activists march to City Hall, push for legalization

Politics Marijuana
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Activists and advocates for marijuana reform marched in Center City to celebrate recent laws passed in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

The march, organized by PhillyNORML, began Sunday afternoon at the corner of 8th and Market Streets and proceeded to City Hall.

PhillyNORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is now fighting for new legislation that would fully legalize marijuana.

“The people of Pennsylvania deserve to see prohibition repealed now,” said Derek Rosenzweig of PhillyNORML. “We should be allowed to grow or use cannabis for personal use, legally. A common sense system of regulation can be put into place for adults who chose to consume cannabis.”

Philadelphia became the largest city in America to decriminalize pot in Fall 2014 and Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation in April making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

“The last two years have seen local politics evolve by leaps and bounds when it comes to marijuana,” said PhillyNORML board member Chris Goldstein, “Politicians see the public rallying to support cannabis reform and that is an important part of how this issue is winning.”

The group claims State Representative Jordan Harris, who represents the 186th legislative district, will soon introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana.