NORML PAC Endorses John Hanger for Governor of Pennsylvania

  • by NORML November 14, 2013

    At press conferences held in Philadelphia and Harrisburg on Wednesday, and one in Pittsburgh today, NORML PAC announced its endorsement of Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger.

    John Hanger is currently pursuing the Democratic nomination in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race and has made marijuana law reform a central plank in his platform. He has released a three step plan for marijuana law reform that advocates for medical marijuana and decriminalization immediately upon taking office in 2015 and to move to full legalization by 2017.

    At the press conference, NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri stated, “Hanger is the only candidate who isn’t afraid to openly discuss and campaign on a platform that calls for widespread reform of Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws. Since the start of his campaign, John Hanger has been a passionate and outspoken advocate of ending Pennsylvania’s war on marijuana and moving the state towards a smarter approach.”

    In an interview with NORML conducted earlier this year, John Hanger stated his belief that marijuana law reformers can elect the next governor. “We can win this issue in May 2014, by my winning that primary,” Hanger said, “It will shock the political establishment and accelerate the changing of the laws by years in Pennsylvania and around the country. I believe Pennsylvania is seen as a bellwether. If marijuana reform can win in Pennsylvania, it can win anywhere.”

    For more information on John Hanger’s campaign, you can visit his website or Facebook.

    VOTER NOTE: Since the Republicans are running current governor Tom Corbett for reelection, there will only be a Democratic primary in this election which will be held in May 2014. To vote in this primary, you must be registered Democrat. You can change your party affiliation, then change it back, at any time by sending in a new voter registration application and marking “Change of Party” where given the option. More information on Pennsylvania voting can be found here.

    29 responses to “NORML PAC Endorses John Hanger for Governor of Pennsylvania”

    1. Miles says:

      Once again I find myself jealous, this time of Pennsylvanians. Here in VA, the man who just won our election as Governor, has yet to even publicly mention the word marijuana as far as I know… Big tobacco and private prisons hold a lot of weight here apparently.

    2. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      Regardless if I change party, just to vote or not, Pennsylvanians do not like Tom Corbett anymore. They actually want to see a change. It’s almost felt in the air. I probably will give thought to changing parties though, just to vote Democrat.

    3. He has our vote as well as support. It is about time this state changed. #turnPAgreen

    4. TheOracle says:

      Pennsylvania sure as hell needs the money. It’s the same old shit. You get a republican in office, here Corbett, and they underfund things they want to spin off and privatize for the corporate benefactors and run up debt, then a democrat has to come in and fix the mess, raising taxes to pay the debt or properly fund the programs republicans ran into the ground.

      Corbett has been an excellent pawn running the state’s economy into the ground. Now the state is ready for legal marijuana: medical, recreational, industrial hemp, the works. The state is in a position whereby the only way the Pennsylvania prohibitionists will legalize pot is if they have no other choice. Well, they have no other choice. Business and Wall Street should just shut the fuck up about keeping cannabis illegal. Shell is benefiting from a billion $ tax break, as are other businesses, so they are the recipients of corporate welfare, Pennsylvania’s corporate welfare queens. The cannabis revenues will cover the costs of running the state so that the public money, tax breaks or subsidies, can keep flowing to the corporate hogs feeding at the public trough.

    5. Sane in Pa. says:

      I’m an Independent but it looks like I will be a Democrat next year.

    6. Mike Melhorn says:

      We will also support him…its about time. Should be leagle everywhere.

    7. steve says:

      I’m a registered republican. im not switching parties to vote for Hanger. Im just going to do it. Americans need to understand that you do not need to vote according to the D or R on your voter registraition card. The only way this is going to happen is with bi-partisan support. In essence, we need to start voting with our brains instead of within our party. Lets bring back common sense. Many registered republican as my myself are actually libertarians. By crossing party lines on the vote, you take away the power of the left and the right and meet in the middle. Make sense? Boom! We now have a foundation for a 3rd party to blossom and get results that make sense on this issue.

    8. Anonymous1 says:

      Unfortunatly, I think you’re right Miles. I myself am in Va, and I’m supremely jealous of recreational legal states. I sure hope the winds of change blow our way soon.

    9. mexweed says:

      Full legalization by 2017 sounds slow to me, but I agree vote for Hanger until any candidate commits to a better option. Lest he have to bring it up himself, here is an obvious way to change the discussion from distant “when” to immediate “how”: propose and promote Harm Reduction Equipment Reform.

      Draw up legislation offering leniency to cannabis users who have and use a vaporizer, pen-vape, e-cig or 25-mg Long-Stemmed One-Hitter INSTEAD OF H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide $igarette papers. Give a free one-hitter to every registered customer who buys marijuana (which must be sold freshly pre-sifted to 1/16th-inch particle size for best results VAPING in a screened one-hitter crater).

    10. 88 says:

      @steve; in order to vote for John Hanger in the primaries, you must be a registered dem. If he wins the primary, then he will run against the incumbent Corbett.