Take Action: Stop Harmful Marijuana Legalization in Pennsylvania
Smoke and mirrors can't hide the many harms it would bring.

Some Pennsylvania politicians are prioritizing full marijuana legalization, which is why your State Senator and State Representative need to hear from you about the harms of this dangerous proposal that comes at one of the worst times.

  • While Pennsylvania schools are struggling to operate and educate children, recreational marijuana would harm more children. States that fully legalize are seeing a rise in youth use [1] and have dangerously high potent marijuana products being sold in more stores than McDonalds and Starbucks combined. [2] It’s why groups like American Academy of Pediatrics [3] and American Academy of Family Physicians [4] oppose its legalization and commercialization. 
  • While frontline health care workers continue to battle COVID, recreational marijuana legalization can put more strain on our healthcare system. States show increases in ER visits after legalization [5] and marijuana use is significantly linked to serious harms for mental health and addiction rates. [6]
  • While overdose deaths are spiking and the opioid epidemic continues, recreational marijuana is anything but a solution.  Pennsylvania is still trying to effectively manage the state’s medical marijuana program and marijuana use has been shown to make the development of substance abuse worse. [7]

In addition to the health risks, revenue projections from marijuana legalization in PA are grossly inflated [8] and black market sales continues to thrive in legalized states. [9]

If we prioritize safety and the well-being of all Pennsylvanians, we should oppose the full legalization and commercialization of marijuana.

Take Action: Please contact your State Senator and State Representative to oppose any legalization of marijuana for recreational use. 

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[1] Teens May Be More Likely to Use Marijuana After Legalization for Adult Recreational Use, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, February 15, 2021.

[2] PotGuide: "There are more dispensaries in Colorado than Starbucks, McDonald’s and 7-Elevens combined -- and the numbers keep growing." December 25, 2015.

[3] “Legalization would create an industry to commercialize and market marijuana, which would be harmful for children.” – Dr. Robert Lee, American Academy of Pediatrics.

[4] "The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) opposes the recreational use of marijuana."

[5] ER visits linked to marijuana rose at Colorado hospital after legalization, study finds. NBC News, March 25, 2019.

[6] Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, January 12, 2017.

[7] "New research suggests that marijuana users may be more likely than nonusers to misuse prescription opioids and develop prescription opioid use disorder." National Institute on Drug Abuse, September 26, 2017.

[8] “You do not legalize for taxation. It is a myth,” former Colorado Director of Marijuana Coordination Andrew Freedman.
"Marijuana won’t solve coronavirus budget woes – but will put health and safety at risk" Broad and Liberty,  June 30, 2020.

[9] "...the black market [in CA] has greatly increased." Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman, 60 Minutes CBS News, August 2, 2020. 
“Colorado has become the epicenter of black market marijuana in the United States.” U.S Attorney Jason Dunn, Denver Post, May 24, 2019.

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