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PhillyNORML Responds To Flower Show Denial


philly norml marijuana pennsylvania philadelphiaOn February 22, 2016 the Philadelphia Flower Show said that local cannabis reform groups are not welcome to participate in a booth at their event. The show is beginning on March 5, 2016.

“The Cannabis flower is beautiful and beneficial, with a strong tradition in America,” said PhillyNORML spokesperson Chris Goldstein, “Attendees to the Philadelphia Flower Show would likely have found great interest in learning more about this plant.”

PhillyNORML was invited in January to supply volunteers to a booth secured by Green Rush Advisors. A PhillyNORML blog post calling for volunteers was, in part, published in a articles at Philly.com, NJ.com and other sources.

At no time did PhillyNORML ever misrepresent our well-known mission of marijuana education and advocacy. The blog post was created before Flower Show representatives informed the booth renter that all mention of politics around legalization would be disallowed but that general marijuana information was approved. PhillyNORML volunteers were certainly willing to comply with that provision.

Four states and Washington DC have fully legalized cannabis for adults. Dozens of states, including Delaware, New York and New Jersey, operate medical marijuana programs. Lawmakers in Pa have been working on a compassionate use bill as well.

Several polls have indicated that 88 percent to 90 percent of Pa voters want to see medical marijuana legalized.

An industrial hemp farming bill has passed House and Senate committees in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Philadelphia also decriminalized marijuana in 2014 leading to an almost 80 percent drop in possession arrests. Pittsburgh recently followed suit.

A Harris Poll conducted last year, commissioned by Green State Gardeners, found that 12 percent of gardeners – an estimated 24 million Americans – would cultivate cannabis if legal.

“Almost a billion dollars worth of this flower was sold in Colorado last year noted Goldstein,”Thousands of jobs have been created there and more than $135 million in taxes collected. Marijuana might be the most lucrative realm of horticulture in the United States.”

“One day in the future I hope that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will welcome Cannabis to the show.”

A joint statement from Green Rush Advisors and The Philadelphia Flower Show is expected later today: http://www.greenrushadvisors.com/blog/cannabis-booth-at-flower-show-wont-happen-this-year

Source: Philly NORML


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  1. I respect your opinion, thanks for the reply. I’m just frustrated, with the phobia that exists still to this day, when the country wouldn’t allow such phobia against blacks, or gays, or women. This plant has health benefits that have been criminalized for nearly 80 years due to lies and American economics aka mainly the alcohol and pharmaceutical companies.

  2. My personal opinion is that that approach is a bit “assertive” in that the “flower” is still illegal where the flower show is, yes ? Don’t get me wrong — public demonstration is a great eye-opener but this issue is one that can easily take steps backward if the approach taken is not in line with the venue.
    Picket lines like “union line strikes” would be counter-productive, in my mind. This event, based on its venue, should be treated with “kid gloves.” For the most part, it’s not a big deal —- it’s a flower show —- not a political forum with a pending vote —- and therefore, the risk / reward is not attractive to take a “union strike line” approach, or anything remotely similar in nature.
    No intimidation, no impeding of pedestrian flow, etc. — purely informational, with no jabs at the flower show. Sometimes, softer approaches are in order and have the best results.
    Just my take…

  3. Let’s hope the Pa. farmers will be allowed to grow Hemp! And that Hemp processed as fuel works better than ethanol processed in gasoline. Just one use.

  4. Should go without saying. Boycott, Boycott, Boycott. Protest outside and strongly urge no one to enter akin to union line strikes. The time for this cannabis phobia to end is yesterday.

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