Cities around the world held events for the Global Marijuana March on sunday, and among them was Philadelphia where almost a thousand people filled the streets, ending with a rally at City HAll. It was organized by PhillyNORML, and their communications director Chris Goldstein was very optimistic about their chances.
“The last two years have seen local politics evolve by leaps and bounds when it comes to marijuana,” he told the Philly Voice. “Politicians see the public rallying to support cannabis reform and that is an important part of how this issue is winning.”
He even claimed that State Rep. Jordan Harris, who represents the 186th legislative district in Philadelphia, will soon introduce a bill that would legalize cannabis for all adults.
A legalization measure was just defeated in Vermont, so could Pennsylvania be the first east coast state to throw off the shackles of prohibition?
Pennsylvania did become the 24th medical marijuana state last month, with the April 17 signature of Gov. Tom Wolf.
The York Daily Record now reports that the state health department is seeking a director for its medical marijuana program, although the program is expected to take 18 to 24 months to develop. This begs the question: Will the program be superseded by a general legalization before it gets off the ground?