Pennsylvania is pushing hard towards legalization of cannabis, but local nonprofits in the state are not going to let legalization take hold without making sure there is a strong focus on pardoning past cannabis offenses as well.
Two groups, Montco NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and TerraVida VOWD (Victims of the War on Drugs) based in Pennsylvania are working hard to make sure there is an option for those who want a fresh start. They recently planted an old newspaper box, repurposed to be a Cannabis Pardon Bin, outside of the Lansdale Public Library.
“These (bins) have been created in order to make cannabis pardon applications accessible to all, and to give those with prior cannabis-related charges the resources to help overturn convictions and their lives back on track,” the organizers claim.
This project was started in April of this year, with the first bin appearing outside of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. There will soon also be one at the Ambler SEPTA train station, so that individuals from the region can have easy access.
The bins contain an application for pardon, as well as information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health about getting a