Full legalization of cannabis and hemp. Full legalization is what Les Stark of the Pennsylvania Hempland Security says the Lancaster Hemp Harvest Rally is advocating. Organizers expect over 500 people to attend Saturday’s rally in Penn Square, at which speakers will address the medical use, industrial use of hemp and the benefits of a regulated market for the responsible adult social use of cannabis.
This Saturday, 12 October, members of Pennsylvania Hempland Security and like minded advocates for the legalization of cannabis and hemp will gather on Penn Square at 2 p.m. for the Lancaster Hemp Harvest Rally. It will be the fourth rally on the square for the legalization of cannabis and hemp since last December and is expected to last until 4 p.m.
Stark, the author of Hempstone Heritage, a book about the history of the Lancaster County hemp industry wants to see a return of hemp to Pennsylvania and “Put the Hemp back in Hempfield”.
In addition to Stark, speakers will include cannabis activist Erica Lynn, Hemp Entrepreneur Shawn Patrick House of Hempzels, Hemp advocate Sharon Nichols, the comedian/activists team of N.a Poe and The Panic Hour. Dana Ulrich and Lolly Bentch Myers will also speak Saturday. Ulrich, of Reinholds, and Bentch are two local mothers who are fighting for medical cannabis for their daughters who suffer severe seizures and could benefit from medical cannabis. David Madsen, Executive County Coordinator for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger, will also be speaking at the rally.
Wade McFarland of Legalizepa will provide musical entertainment as well as local comedians Jeremy Noll and Liz Curtis.
The Pennsylvania Hempland Security and the organization’s allies are not alone in their opinion. More Pennsylvanians now than just seven years ago are in favor of legalizing marijuana. According to a February 2013 Franklin & Marshall Poll, 14% more Pennsylvanians are in favor of legalizing marijuana now than there were in 2006. The poll found that in May 2006, 22% of those surveyed were in favor; whereas in February 36% responded favorably. That still leaves 55% not in favor of legalization and nine percent unsure.
At the conclusion of the Lancaster Hemp Harvest Rally interested attendees will march to Binn's Park to join with the March Against Monsanto, also scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
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