Rozzi invites constituents to marijuana decriminalization town hall

TEMPLE, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today invited constituents to join him at a town hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn St. in Reading to discuss the pros and cons of decriminalizing marijuana.

“Last year, Pennsylvania made the historic decision to legalize medical marijuana to attempt to help those suffering from chronic and debilitating conditions,” Rozzi said. “That has led to more and more talk around the Capitol of investigating marijuana decriminalization, but before we proceed with that I think it’s important to talk to the people I represent about the pros and cons and their thoughts on the issue.”

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and State College have already taken steps to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by reducing the penalty for personal use possession to a simple fine rather than a misdemeanor.

“Democracy is certainly not a spectator sport, and I hope members of our community come out to join the discussion and let their views on marijuana decriminalization be known,” Rozzi said.

Industry experts and local elected officials will be on hand to testify and take part in the discussion.

Constituents with questions may contact Rozzi’s office by calling (610) 921-8921.