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West Chester University Students for Sensible Drug Policy to Host Panel on State Senator Daylin Leach's Bill SB 528 to Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Marijuana in PA

West Chester, PA, April 09, 2013 --( State Senator Daylin Leach’s chief of staff Zach Hoover will join professors from West Chester University to discuss Senate Bill 528, a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in Pennsylvania. The discussion panel will take place on Wednesday April 10, 2013, at 7:30 PM, at 709 S. New Street, West Chester, PA 19383 -- Brandywine Hall Room 004. This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include Zach Hoover, Chief of Staff at the office of State Senator Daylin Leach and Executive Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Dr. Stephen Clyburn, a political science professor who focuses on racial and ethnic issues; Dr. James Brenner, a public health professor who works with WCU Alcohol and Drug Prevention; and Dr. Cassandra Reyes, former probation officer and current professor of Criminal Justice at WCU.

Mr. Hoover will be giving an informative summary of the bill, the panel discussion will follow, and the event will conclude with a question and answer session with Mr. Hoover and the panel.

Under current law, an individual arrested for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in Pennsylvania can be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and fined up to $500. These simple possession arrests accounted for 79% of all marijuana arrests made in Pennsylvania in 2007.

SB 528 would legalize marijuana for Pennsylvanians over 21, tasking the PA Liquor Control Board with the regulatory specifics.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to ending the war on drugs, with chapters on more than 200 campuses around the globe. At heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run board of directors who oversee the work of our professional staff in Washington, D.C. They create change bringing together students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy.

Contact: Jack Shoudy, (908) 448-8341
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Jack Shoudy
908 448 8341

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