Today advocates called the fight in legalizing marijuana “a war on humanity”.
Elected officials and medical marijuana patients were all part of a rally to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana. The group said prohibition of marijuana has unnecessarily damaged hundreds of thousands of lives, pointing to the more than 20,000 people in the state who were arrested in 2017 for marijuana related crimes.
Advocates say that breaks down to 55 people arrested everyday. Pa. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who is also a supporter, says it’s costing taxpayers.
“Where would you rather that investment be,” DePasquale said at the rally. “I’d rather be putting it in with making our kids have a chance at a brighter future than sticking them in jail for something that isn’t hurting anyone.”
Currently, there are five bills in the State House and Senate that focus on decriminalizing and/or legalizing marijuana. They are in committee and haven’t moved.