Freedomisgreen Sponsoring Philadelphia Freedom Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/10/2011
Philadelphia Marijuana Legalization Rally and Concert May 21st on South St
CONTACT: Chris Goldstein [email protected] 

PhillyNORML’s 2011 marijuana rally expands this year with a benefit concert at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street. Participants will meet at 5:00PM on Saturday May 21 at the intersection of Broad and South for the demonstration march. Doors open at the TLA for The Philadelphia Freedom Festival concert at 6:30PM. Tickets are available through LiveNation here.

The Global Cannabis Peace March is an annual event in Philadelphia and over 300 other cities during the month of May. Participants bring awareness to the failed policy of prohibition and call for the full legalization of marijuana. Over 1,000 marchers participated in 2010 with PhillyNORML on South Street. The peaceful and courteous event saw no arrests. On YouTube: http://youtu.be/eI5uPdQpMCg

This year PhillyNORML has partnered with local sponsors and a high-quality group of local musicians for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival concert at the Theater of the Living Arts, a premier venue in the city. Bands include: PsychadelphiaBefore the Accident HappensThe Primate FiascoI Yhan I Arkestra and headliners The Synth Circus. Local activists will deliver speeches throughout the night. A full list of speakers and additional information will follow next week.

PhillyNORML’s volunteers have been instrumental in recent efforts to reform local marijuana laws.

Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana (PA4MMJ) is supporting local legislation. State Representative Mark B. Cohen introduced a medical cannabis bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature in 2009. State Senator Daylin Leach re-introduced it as SB 1003 from the 2011 session. This bill would create legal protections for citizens with serious medical conditions to safely access or grow medical marijuana for therapeutic use. It also creates a statewide system if Compassion Centers for patient access.

April 2010 saw the news break on PhillyNORML’s efforts to work with city officials to change local pot procedures when District Attorney Seth Williams announced an easing of minor possession penalties.  The new Small Amount of Marijuana court program was put into practice in June of 2010 and has saved the city millions of taxpayer dollars. The procedure still requires an arrest but stops the criminal prosecution, collects a fine and automatically expunges the arrest once a weekend class is completed.

Over 800,000 pot arrests are performed each year in America with almost 30,000 in Pennsylvania and over 4,500 in Philadelphia. Ninety percent of these arrests are for minor possession.

PhillyNORML advocates for legalizing the regulated, responsible use of marijuana by adults.

CONTACT: Chris Goldstein [email protected]

ATTENDING: Please arrive at Broad and South no later than 5PM ET Saturday May 21, 2011

CONCERT TICKETS: Available through LiveNation $15 pre-event, $20 at the door

http://www.livenation.com/event/020046A49E2B7BED?artistid=1593008&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=766

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