John Hanger Withdraws From Race For Pennsylvania Governor

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger today withdrew as a Democratic candidate for governor.

“At its outset, in November 2012, this campaign had three goals,” Hanger said today.

“First, propose bold, transformational policies to strengthen education, create good-paying jobs, protect our environment, produce clean energy, and bring forth a new birth of freedom for all Pennsylvanians.  Our second and third goals were to win the Democratic Primary and end the long nightmare of the Corbett Administration in November. [Read more…]

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career.

Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction — believing it might get him the numbers to win the Democratic primary — and eschews it, saying that he’s got plans and proposals to address a host of issues afflicting the state.

Talk to him, and you might find yourself suspecting Hanger could benefit from a toke or two. He can be frenetic in conversation, packing thousands of words and many ideas into a compact space, as though he were racing to beat an invisible timer. And that’s when he’s focused on the conversation — he interrupted his phone call with Philly Mag last week to do campaign business, offering buttons and bumper stickers to supporters. “We’re going to knock those elites out of office,” he promised. [Read more…]

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career.

Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction — believing it might get him the numbers to win the Democratic primary — and eschews it, saying that he’s got plans and proposals to address a host of issues afflicting the state.

Talk to him, and you might find yourself suspecting Hanger could benefit from a toke or two. He can be frenetic in conversation, packing thousands of words and many ideas into a compact space, as though he were racing to beat an invisible timer. And that’s when he’s focused on the conversation — he interrupted his phone call with Philly Mag last week to do campaign business, offering buttons and bumper stickers to supporters. “We’re going to knock those elites out of office,” he promised. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania Candidate for Governor: Legalize Marijuana Now

PENNSYLVANIA: As Pennsylvania’s race for governor begins to take shape, one candidate has chosen the controversial issue of marijuana legalization as one of the cornerstones of his campaign.

John Hanger, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, today unveiled two campaign billboards that send an urgent message on the subject: legalize and tax marijuana now. [Read more…]

John Hanger Endorsed For PA Governor By NORML

PENNSYLVANIA: Is it possible that pot will play a role in the Democratic race for governor?

Hershey’s John Hanger sure hopes so.

Hanger was endorsed Wednesday by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Hanger wants to legalize medical marijuana immediately and within a few years decriminalize its recreational use, and tax it. [Read more…]

John Hanger Endorsed For PA Governor By NORML

PENNSYLVANIA: Is it possible that pot will play a role in the Democratic race for governor?

Hershey’s John Hanger sure hopes so.

Hanger was endorsed Wednesday by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Hanger wants to legalize medical marijuana immediately and within a few years decriminalize its recreational use, and tax it. [Read more…]