HARRISBURG, PA—A raucous crowd of advocates marked this 4/20 by urging Pennsylvania state legislators to legalize cannabis and stop arresting 20,000 people for marijuana possession every year in the Keystone State.

“Nobody deserves to be a criminal for a plant!” Jeff Riedy, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley NORML chapter, proclaimed to a cheering crowd gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Harrisburg. “Gardening is never a crime.”

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman attaches a rainbow cannabis flag to the balcony of his official office at the state capitol on April 20, 2021. (Yoko Furukawa for Leafly)

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