Keystone Cannabis Coalition

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Raised by 162 people in 71 months
Les Stark  EPHRATA, PA


Keystone Cannabis Reform - Pennsylvanians United for Compassionate Cannabis Reform

Keystone Cannabis Reform is a new way to continue our progress and momentum on cannabis and hemp reform in Pennsylvania in 2014.

We are very close to passing landmark legislation for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, Senate Bill 1182. It may be possible pass it this year and FORCE Corbett to sign it. Or, it may pass very shortly after the next governor takes office in January of next year. The battle is on RIGHT NOW, not some time in the distant future. Many people do not realize just how close we are.

Keystone Cannabis Reform believes in immediate passage of compassionate use of medical cannabis legislation in Pennsylvania. We support the farmer's right to grow industrial hemp and we support a fully legal market for cannabis in Pennsylvania and our nation.

We did a lot in 2013. We organized the Lancaster Hemp Rally, Lancaster Hemp Freedom Rally, York Hemp Freedom Rally, Reading Hemp Freedom Rally and the Lancaster Hemp Harvest Rally. Then there were ten rallies attended and spoken at in Philadelphia. Plus rallies, press conferences and hearing in Harrisburg. Panel discussions in Harrisburg and West Chester University, the Mid-Atlantic NORML Conference in Philly and much more.

Our work was made possible by the generous support of donors and actiivists. The work we did and what we achieved was remarkable. We kept media attention on the issue all year round and were able to help catapult this issue into the highest realms of political consideration.

We had a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania take up our cause, John Hanger and the support he gained caused ALL of the major Democratic candidates for governor to support medical cannabis and decriminalization. Hanger had actually boldly proposed full legalization of cannabis!

For Keystone Cannabis Reform to become a reality money must be raised to continue this important work. We will rally in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, York, Philadelphia and elsewhere, working with other individuals and groups who are also doing good and important work around the state.

Thank you for your support. Without the funding of good people such as yourselves, our work would fail and come to nothing. Thank you for your donations and for helping to advance OUR cause. We will never stop fighting until we achieve VICTORY!

Les Stark
Author of Hempstone Heritage, creator of Pennsylvania Hempland Security and Lead Organizer for Keystone Cannabis Reform.


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Update 14
Posted by Les Stark
55 months ago
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I have a great opportunity to go to meet Tom Wolf next week at the fundraiser Senator Daylin Leach is having but unfortunately I don't have the $100 it takes to get in. We have some people going to represent the medical cannabis issue but if I went, I would also tell him about the hemp bill that we intend to introduce in January, tell him a little about the Pennsylvania history of hemp (including the Wolf hemp mill that ran during the Revolution near Ephrata) and give him a copy of my book and get a picture of him holding the book.


I gave my book to Ed Rendell when he was governor and I've given it to Senator Folmer, Senator Leach, Senator Brubaker, Congressman Joe Pitts, and a bunch of others.

The most famous person I think I gave my book to was Mitt Romney. I had watched a youtube video where someone asked Mitt if he supported industrial hemp. He said that he had never heard of industrial hemp and had no clue whatsoever what it was.

I decided to educate him. I went to a campaign stop in Cornwall Iron Furnace in Lebanon County in June of 2012 and asked him to support the hemp amendment to the Farm Bill introduced by Rand Paul and Thomas Massie of Oregon. I personally gave him a copy of my book.

It was tough fighting my way through the crowd to get up there to get him my book. The music was playing so loud you couldn't hear your voice in front of your face. That was by design, I think, so nobody could interact with him after his canned sound bite- laden speech filled with platitudes.

Romney never did support it but luckily, it passed anyway! Now we need to introduce legislation into Pennsylvania, which we will, in January and we need to pass it. Having a governor in agreement and support will go a long way.

If anyone is interested in donating the $100 so that I can attend it would be greatly appreciated and will give us an in with the next governor of Pennsylvania. It can not be overstated how important that would be. If someone is willing to donate specifically for this task it would be immensely helpful and strategically important.

Thank you. :)

Here is the video of me giving my book to Mitt Romney in June of 2012...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kayjqywg4w

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Update 13
Posted by Les Stark
55 months ago
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Thank you everyone who has donated to the campaign for cannabis and hemp reform in Pennsylvania, a movement dedicated to hastening the day when the national prohibition of cannabis and hemp falls.

Your donations have made a lot of activism possible in the last few months. In just the past two weeks we had the Lancaster Cannabis Reform Rally, then we went to the Law and Justice Committee hearing on Senate Bill 1182, then went to the forum/debate on cannabis legalization at the U of Penn Law School on Saturday and then put in the permit application and announced the Reading Cannabis Reform Rally to be held on July 19!

Previous donations combined with the new donations have allowed us to organize nine rallies and attend and participate in 13 other rallies, a total of 22 rallies in all over the last year and a half! Plus we attended Philly City Hall decriminalization hearings, a public forum on medical cannabis in Adams County, Philly Mid-Atlantic NORML Conference, a forum at West Chester University the senate hearing on SB 1182 in January, two press conferences with John Hanger, Democratic candidate debate in Hershey, and actually a lot more. Thank you for making our work possible!

Everything that was done so far though is just the beginning. Since this work has started we have made so much progress and we have expanded our networks. We are putting together a non-profit organization called Keystone Cannabis Coalition. In just a couple weeks we will be "official".

After the rally in Reading we intend to do a rally in York, and if we can raise sufficient funds we want to do another rally in Harrisburg and one in Philadelphia and back to Lancaster again and possibly more. Yet rallies are just one aspect of our overall plan. We also plan to work with city councils in Reading and Lancaster and other Pa. cities to get them to adopt measures similar to the decriminalization bill just passed in Philly as we work toward statewide decriminalization and eventual legalization.

There is so much work to be done but funds are needed to accomplish our goals. Can you help us make a difference? Please donate today. To reach our goals we need several thousand dollars, yet even a $20 donation will help because often times all we need is gas money. If just 300 people would donate just $20 we could raise $6,000 and that would fund all we want to do from now until winter time and we will put that money to good use and have a positive effect.

In the comments below is the link to make a much needed donation. Thank you Hempland!

Les Stark
Author of Hempstone Heritage
Founder of Pennsylvania Hempland Security
Executive Director of Keystone Cannabis Coalition
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Update 12
Posted by Les Stark
56 months ago
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Great news to report! One week from today is the Lancaster Cannabis Reform Rally and we are expecting another successful event! The rally is on Saturday, June 7 in Penn's Square in downtown Lancaster. I hope to see many of you there!

More great news! Yesterday we raised $590! This means we can commit to our next rally in Reading, Pennsylvania. We will put our permit application in soon and make the announcement as soon as possible.

To carry out the rest of our planned campaign though, we need to raise more money. That's where you come in. Any donation large or small is important and you can be 100% assured that it will be put to good and effective use. No one has earned the trust that we have with our great rallies and non-stop activism. Contribute to what you can and we are all going to pull together to change Pennsylvania, and in so doing, change the world!

Thank you,

Les Stark
Author of Hempstone Heritage
Founder of Pennsylvania Hempland Security
President of the Keystone Cannabis Coalition
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Update 11
Posted by Les Stark
57 months ago
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The next rally has been announced! We will be having the Lancaster Cannabis Reform Rally on Saturday, June 7th! If everything goes as planed, this will be the kickoff of the Keystone Cannabis Reform Tour. We intend to bring the rallies to York, Reading, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and possibly Allentown, Scranton and other cities.

If we are to make the tour happen though, money is needed. It cost a lot of money to print fliers, permit fees, gas and related expenses. A few thousand dollars is needed. I think we can get by on $4,000. It's an easily attainable goal. We are looking for 300 people to donate $20. With $6,000 we will be able to do a LOT over the Spring and Summer to advance cannabis and hemp reform here in Pennsylvania while hastening the day when the national prohibition of cannabis and hemp falls.

Please help us today by making a donation. The sooner we get the funds the sooner we can commit to the tour and make it happen. June 7 is either the kickoff to something great, or it will be a once and done this year. We can't let that happen. If you all do your part, I and my assembled team will do our part.

We had great success with our first seven rallies in 2012 and 2013, and our last rally in Harrisburg, the Keystone Cannabis Reform Rally on March 31 this year. If you can support us through this, we can come back with bigger crowds and even more enthusiasm and momentum than ever before!

Your immediate donation will make this happen. Please help this mission to succeed by clicking donate now.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Les Stark
Author of Hempstone Heritage and founder of Pennsylvania Hempland Security
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i this that it should be legal .and let us all pay taxed .i have pain in my legs from hit and run . i try smoking weed . it does help me ..alots .it should be legal in nj also .thank u

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i this that it should be legal .and let us all pay taxed .i have pain in my legs from hit and run . i try smoking weed . it does help me ..alots .it should be legal in nj also .thank u

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