Hanger Releases New Video on Marijuana Legalization

John Hanger has had some success in electrifying crowds, and now he is trying to extend that enthusiasm across the state in a new video.

John Hanger

John Hanger

The former DEP Secretary and gubernatorial candidate released a new web video today of his performance at a forum held at Temple University last November. Hanger brought the crowd to its feet with his plea for legalizing marijuana and the benefits it would bring to the commonwealth.

“It’s time to stop the mass incarceration,” Hanger says in the video to applause from the audience. “It’s time to legalize marijuana, it’s time to stop arresting African-Americans. This is a question of justice, there are $350 million a year going to arresting predominately African-Americans. African-Americans have been arrested at the rate of five times whites for marijuana possession.”

“Pennsylvanians are flocking to our campaign and our momentum is growing daily,” the campaign asserted.  “We have far and away the biggest and best group of active supporters of any campaign, and that’s the most valuable asset that any campaign could hope for.”

Hanger introduced a three-step legalization process back in July that would provide for the regulation and taxation of marijuana by 2017. This proposal led to the Hanger’s campaign receiving the endorsement of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Other Democratic candidates for Governor include Rep. Allyson Schwartz, State Treasurer Rob McCord, former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty, former Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.


January 7th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “Hanger Releases New Video on Marijuana Legalization”

  1. John Hanger is the only candidate for PA Governor with a pledge and proposal to end this cruelty. The. Only. One. Remember April 21 – Last day to register (or change registration) before the primary.

    Here is his detailed and specific position:


    Hanger’s position on this has been posted for many months, like his positions on many key issues to this election. While every other candidate talks vague generalities, find out more about The People’s Candidate:


  2. They must have done a poll… I mean they must have done a poll right? Is PA really there ?

  3. I think we can eliminate the arrests, without full legalization, by dropping the penalty to a small fine and make it similar to jaywalking (in terms of criminality for possession of small amounts).

  4. Gerald Garrett says:

    With an Executive stoke of the pen President Obama could very easily end the suffering.

    Be interesting to see if cannabis being legalized in two states will even be mentioned this January 28th in his State of the Union speech.
    If not, would think these two states are not part of this union?

    No prohibitionist should ever again be elected to office. Especially those that have indulged knowing good and well whats up with that.

    The State of the union right now is split between life and liberty and death and incarceration.

    Which of the above policies are better to improve Family Values? To keep families intact? For sure not the Police State we are in which in itself is Imperialistic against its own people of America.

  5. Malcolm Kyle says:

    We are actually experiencing a de facto civl war between the majority (those who embrace reason and function in the real world of cause and effect) and the prohibitionists, who, numbed by their isolation and despair, are seeking meaning in a mythical world that can never, ever, be reality-based. A world of deceit and lies, of blood and corpses—a world of complete social and economic collapse.

    Prohibitionists are not only infantile, their insatiable need to inflict suffering on the rest of us and their greed for both money and power is a threat to every single civic institution of our “once proud and free” nation. Their final objective, a drug-free society, toward which all their deceit is directed, is not even obtainable in a single maximum security prison anywhere on this planet.

    Prohibitionists claim to be protecting society, but they would destroy every single liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.

  6. Jim Heffner says:

    My ancestors started arriving in P A the year before Willie Penn and all of them lived inside the borders before the French and Indian Wars, so I’ve got a vested interest in what goes on back home. The Prohibition of Cannabis was based on false testimony before congress by racist and economic interests and my stand on this has been consistent since the Late 60’s. The repeal of prohibition is the lead issue of individual freedom once again becoming more important than the will of the Nannies in government all the rest of the people who believe they can be the arbitrators of our behavior. Ozzie and Harriet, SNL’s Church Lady, and Mrs. Grundy have all left the building. Welcome to the 21st Century. John Hanger is pointed in the right direction.
    Repeal prohibition!
    and it harm none, do what you will

  7. Dave says:

    As I rule I don’t get excited about political candidates and I certainly don’t get excited about Democratic ones. Yet just today I changed my party affiliation so that I can vote for John Hanger in the primaries.

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