In September of 2019, Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman released a report that found 65-70 percent of Pennsylvania residents are for the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana.
So then why is cannabis still illegal in Pennsylvania? The GOP is the majority party in the PA House and Senate. These Prohibitionists who control the state's entire legislative agenda are flat out refusing to even hold Committee hearings on cannabis. This despite all the peer-reviewed evidence, data, science and facts pertaining to the health and societal impacts of cannabis use, enforcement, and regulation.
Rob Kauffman represents the 89th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving parts of Franklin County including Chambersburg, and Shippensburg, since 2004.
Rob's narrative on cannabis:
“Pennsylvania should not fall into the trap that drugs are OK because they are not. We recognize this event for what it is: cover to push an agenda of legalizing drugs.” - Rep. Rob Kauffman on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's Listening Tour
“Incontestable research and experience shows recreational use to be dangerous, especially among our youth.” - Rep. Rob Kauffman
“Teenagers, when they see something legalized, it normalizes it for them...” - Rep. Rob Kauffman
“We don't want to be a part of the marijuana cheerleading sessions that he's had around the state.” - Rep. Rob Kauffman on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's Listening Tour
“We believe this tour is a sham and we decline to be a part of it.” - Rep. Rob Kauffman on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's Listening Tour
“Drugs are dangerous – that is what we teach our children.” - Rep. Rob Kauffman
Demand that Rep. Kauffman ends Cannabis Prohibition, and passes House Bill 132 for Cannabis Decriminalization through his Judiciary Committee immediately.
Senator Lisa Baker is serving her fourth term representing the 20th Senatorial District, which includes substantial parts of Luzerne and Susquehanna counties and all of Pike, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.
Lisa's narrative on cannabis:
“Today, the Senate voted 40-7 to advance SB 3, the Medical Cannabis Act. I joined the minority in voting no.” - Senator Lisa Baker on medical marijuana, 2015
“It strikes me as the wrong time to be considering legalizing recreational marijuana. We lack the body of research and experience on which to make informed judgments.” - Senator Lisa Baker, 2018
“We are also aggressively overhauling state laws, regulations, and practices to combat the opioid crisis that is devastating communities. It seems to send a very conflicting public message to curtail one set of substances while moving to legalize another. If at some point the federal government removes marijuana from the list of controlled substances, then perhaps the issue may be looked at differently.” - Senator Lisa Baker, 2018
“Pennsylvania is still in the early stages of implementing medical marijuana, which at least is taking place in a restrictive and controlled environment. Without the benefit of additional research, I do not support legalizing recreational marijuana. The prospect of realizing additional revenue is insufficient reason to set aside the public health concerns.” - Senator Lisa Baker, 2019
Demand that Senator Baker ends Cannabis Prohibition, and passes Senate Bill 233 for Cannabis Decriminalization through her Senate Judiciary Committee immediately.
Kathy Rapp represents the 65th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving Warren County, and parts of Crawford and Forest Counties.
Kathy's narrative on cannabis:
“I do think there are medicines for children that can be used instead, and it hasn't been approved by the FDA. The medical profession is opposed.” - Rep. Kathy Rapp on medical marijuana
“Our law enforcement officers across the state are still having to deal with the opioids, with meth, and I am not going to add to their burden of having to deal with the legalization of marijuana.” - Rep. Kathy Rapp
“Looking at other states and the increase in accidents on the highways, some of the articles I have read linking recreational marijuana to mental health and schizophrenia, I am not anxious to push this Bill through the Health Committee.” - Rep. Kathy Rapp
“I'm still very much opposed to that. The House (Health) committee is still gathering information, and Chairman (Matthew) Baker is adamantly opposed. I am sure he is going to be leading the opposition. I'm going to be a no vote.” - Rep. Kathy Rapp on medical marijuana
Demand that Rep. Rapp ends Cannabis Prohibition, and passes House legislation decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis immediately.
PA State Rep. Tarah Toohil is currently serving her fifth term as state representative of the 116th Legislative District in Luzerne County. During the 2019-20 legislative session, Rep. Toohil serves as a member of the Children and Youth, Government Oversight, Human Services, Judiciary, Professional Licensure and Rules committees.
Tarah's narrative on cannabis:
“The governor’s call to legalize recreational marijuana shows a disconnect with Pennsylvania families and sends the wrong message to our youth. It only serves to promote vaping, smoking and getting high, and is counter to our efforts to help young people stay healthy and safe during the pandemic.
There are children out there who are in a terrible spot right now, living in unsafe homes and isolated from school structures. Many families are also struggling with joblessness, drug abuse and increased domestic violence.
The timing of his statement shows a complete disregard for the consequences. I get that legalizing marijuana would be a revenue source, but it should not be at the expense of Pennsylvania’s children.”
“ Any message, right now, promoting smoking, vaping and getting high goes against our efforts to help Pennsylvania families stay healthy and safe during this crisis.” - Rep. Tarah Toohil on Gov. Wolf's August 2020 proposal for adult use cannabis
Demand that Rep. Toohil ends Cannabis Prohibition, and votes to pass House Bill 132 legislation decriminalizing cannabis immediately.
Rep. Bryan Cutler, represents the 100th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving part of Lancaster County. In June 2020, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the 141st Speaker of the House, having previously serving as the Majority Leader.
Bryan's narrative on cannabis:
“We are disappointed and frustrated Gov. Wolf would promote recreational use of drug classified as a Schedule I narcotic by the federal government. Our state is the midst of an opioid epidemic. Gov. Wolf signed a disaster declaration over the crisis and renewed the declaration six separate times since January 2018. We do not believe easing regulations on illegal drugs is the right move in helping the thousands of Pennsylvanians who are battling drug addiction.” - Rep. Bryan Cutler
“Additionally, our state's medical marijuana program is in its infancy. Promoting recreational use of marijuana sends a terrible and misleading message to the many Pennsylvanians who are beginning to utilize cannabis-derived medicines to treat illnesses.” - Rep. Bryan Cutler
“Our caucus has no plans or interest in legalizing recreational marijuana.” - Rep. Bryan Cutler
Demand that Rep. Cutler ends Cannabis Prohibition, and passes House legislation decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis immediately.
Senator Elder Vogel Jr. has represented the citizens of the 47th Senatorial District, which currently includes all of Lawrence County and parts of Beaver and Butler Counties, since 2009.
Senate Bill 350 for Cannabis Legalization has been stalled by Senator Vogel in the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, which Senator Vogel is the Chairperson.
Demand that Senator Vogel ends Prohibition, and passes Senate Bill 350 for Cannabis Legalization through his Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee immediately.
Since 1998, Senator Corman represents the 34th Senatorial District, which includes all of Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata counties and part of Huntingdon County.
Jake's narrative on cannabis:
“As long as I am leader, I will do everything in my power to prevent legalization of recreational marijuana.” - Senator Jake Corman, 2018
“The governor's new position on the issue of legalizing marijuana for recreational use is reckless and irresponsible...” - Senator Jake Corman, 2018
“Recreational marijuana is a mind-altering narcotic which will harm our youth as it is a depressant and a gateway drug to other illegal substances. Combine that with a lack of credible research on the societal costs and opposition from prosecutors, the medical community and law enforcement and you have the makings of a catastrophe.” - Senator Jake Corman, 2018
Demand that Senator Corman ends Cannabis Prohibition, and passes Senate Bill 350 for Cannabis Legalization in Pennsylvania immediately.
Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, the Majority Leader for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, represents the 171st District, serving portions of Centre and Mifflin counties.
Kerry's narrative on cannabis:
“These methods create the greatest risk for diversion as well as contribute to the appearance of recreational use.” - Rep. Kerry Benninghoff on medical marijuana flower and edibles, 2015
In 2015, Kerry Benninghoff's working group recommended a 'Sunset Clause' for PA's Medical Marijuana program; where if years down the line the drug is proven to not be safe or effective, the state can repeal the law.
Demand that Rep. Benninghoff ends Cannabis Prohibition, and passes House legislation decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis immediately.