Among the cities around the world that held events for the Global Marijuana March on Sunday May 8 was Philadelphia, where hundreds filled the streets, culminating in a rally at City Hall. The march was organized by PhillyNORML, whose Chris Goldstein struck a very optimistic tone in comments to the Philly Voice: "The last two years have seen local politics evolve by leaps and bounds when it comes to marijuana. 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.
With a legalization measure just defeated in seemingly more likely Vermont, could the first eastern state to legalize be the traditionally staid Keystone State? 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 from 18 to 24 months to develop. Will the program be suprecerded by a general legalization before it gets off the ground?
Cross-post to High Times