Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger unveiled his new campaign billboards.
They read “Legalize and Tax Marijuana NOW!!! John Hanger for Governor 2014.”
The billboards can be found at I-79 S near 26th in Erie and on I-81 N near Drinker in Scranton.
Hanger has previously publicized his three-step plan on reforming marijuana laws.
“I am calling for immediately allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reducing the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a summary offense similar to a traffic ticket by 2015, and finally regulating and taxing marijuana use by 2017 if the previous reforms are successful and monitoring the experience in states that have legalized marijuana use,” Hanger has said.
In the document that details his reform plans for marijuana, it makes a populist claim for legalization.
“Our People’s Campaign is more than a political campaign – it’s also a movement to legalize marijuana.”
Hanger is especially vocal on taxing marijuana once it has been legalized.
“Regulating and taxing marijuana could bring at least $24 million a year to state coffers, revenue that could be directed to enforcing other laws and incarcerating real criminals.”
Hanger’s three-step plan has led to him receiving the endorsement of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). He also released a video earlier this month about the legalization of marijuana and how much it would benefit Pennsylvania.