"Support for marijuana legalization has steadily increased for the past two decades, now reaching 68% according to the most recent Gallup poll. Furthermore, nearly half of all Republicans support legalization. It’s also worth noting that using taxpayer money to fund a lawsuit to overturn the will of the people is unpopular across the political spectrum," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"You have to recognize we are in red territory, and that’s part of this. At the same time, we are living in a time when democratic norms are under assault. Politicians no longer feel they have to uphold the vote," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"The reality is that our opponents understand that a majority of voters are on our side. They can’t win at the ballot box, so they resort to legal theories and legislative efforts to defeat ideas that they can’t actually defeat in an election," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"Olivia Naugle, with Marijuana Policy Project, said that cannabis reforms should be passed 'to ensure business ownership and participation in the legal industry by communities who have disproportionately impacted by prohibition.'"
Because marijuana is illegal federally, and there are no housing protections for medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania, private landlords can ban you from using it. But it comes down to your lease, said DeVaughn Ward, senior legislative council for the Marijuana Policy Project.
"What I can say about the bill is that there are things that could make it better and there are things that could make it more equitable. But for anyone to suggest that the bill is not an improvement over what we have right now, I think, would be short-sighted," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"It's really time for elected officials to listen to the people. And unfortunately, we're seeing in some states, concerted efforts by politicians to reject or thwart the will of the people," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.