John Hanger, one of seven Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor, will meet with voters Sunday evening.
Hanger will be at Erie County Democratic Party headquarters, 1305 State St., from 5 to 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and fundraiser, with a suggested donation of $20.
Hanger has made some waves in the campaign with his proposal to legalize marijuana.
Hanger’s three-step plan would immediately allow medical marijuana; decriminalize possession of small
quantities by 2015; and regulate and tax it by 2017.
He also proposes to start a process to expunge the records of past marijuana convictions and dedicate part of the money raised through the taxation of legal marijuana sales to fund addiction treatment services and drug education programs.
“I am the only candidate who does not want to arrest, prosecute, and jail the approximately 2 million Pennsylvanians who use marijuana. I am the only candidate who wants to shut down the school-to-jail pipeline,” the former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection wrote in an op-ed piece for the Erie Times-News.
He also wants to go beyond accepting the federal Medicaid dollars offered under the Affordable Care Act. He wants to enact a Pennsylvania health-care plan by 2017 when the new federal law will allow states to adopt their own health-care plan. He said it would save taxing bodies in Erie County over $45 million annually.
Visit www.hangerforgovernor.com to learn more about the candidate.
Hanger is seeking his party’s nomination in the May 20 primary. The winner will oppose Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 election.
– John Guerriero