Philadelphia Weekly points out that Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger has unveiled “Legalize Marijuana” billboards in Erie and Scranton, suggesting they’re the first pro-weed billboards ever put up by a major-party candidate.
But why Scranton and Erie? Hanger’s political director Roger Cohen says it’s a combination of “good fortune” and “strong growing support in those smaller urban centers” of Northeast and Northwest Pennsylvania.
“We’re finding a lot of strength in terms of feedback in those regions,” he says. “People are energized by the [marijuana] legalization aspect of the campaign.”