Apr. 26, 2019

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Recreational Marijuana

On May 2, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will bring his marijuana legalization listening tour to Franklin County. The lieutenant governor is holding similar sessions in all 67 counties, reportedly to hear what Pennsylvanians think about the subject. The tour stops have been advertised broadly on pro-marijuana websites, and attendance has been overwhelming in favor of legalization. At the end of each session, the lieutenant governor takes a show-of-hands poll, then announces the poll results to the media as an indication that there is broad support among the public.

Fetterman has been an outspoken advocate of legal marijuana, even admitting that he has smoked pot himself. He was endorsed by NORML, a pro-marijuana lobby. Unquestionably, the lieutenant governor likes pot.

I joined with my colleagues who represent other parts of Franklin County in declining the lieutenant governor’s invitation to sit with him on the stage at the tour stop. We recognize this tour for what it is – a ploy designed to make it look as though there is broad support for the total legalization of marijuana. If I attended, I would be used to legitimate the tour session and the show-of-hands poll. I will not be used in that manner.

Colorado legalized recreational marijuana five years ago. Since that time marijuana-related traffic accidents and fatalities have increased, schools have reported increased problems, and workplace readiness has declined. This is not about medical marijuana (which is already legal); this is just about using marijuana to get stoned. There is no good public policy reason to make your residents more fat, stupid, less able to learn and less able to work.

For those who want to attend the session, it will be held Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Clarke Community Center, 235 S. Third St., Chambersburg.
Protecting Yourself from Scams

On Thursday, representatives of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General joined me at a town hall focused on protecting ourselves from scams.

We talked about scams associated with phone calls, computer messages, charitable contributions, estate planning, family emergencies, home improvement, power of attorney, sweepstakes, account verification, Medicare cards, IRS, checks and money orders.

Thank you to Quincy Village for allowing us to meet in the Hess Room.
PennDOT’s Schedule for April 29 to May 3
  • Milling and paving on Manheim Road in Quincy Township.
  • Milling and paving on Swamp Fox Road in Guilford Township.
  • Milling, base repair and paving on New Franklin Road in Guilford Township
PennDOT also is planning for bridge washing throughout Franklin County. Motorists should expect to encounter flagging crews to direct traffic around bridges.
Tree City USA

On Wednesday, Greencastle commemorated its third year as a Tree City USA by planting two elm trees on the middle school property.

Waynesboro is another participant in the Tree City USA program.

I commend these two communities on being good stewards of environmental resources and thank the volunteers who work on the shade tree commissions.
Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday

Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands.

Locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here.
April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. An estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help families, providers and those with autism access services to meet their needs, Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services maintains a comprehensive online resource at PAautism.org.

The website helps connect people with autism or those who support people with autism with resources and a community to help them improve their lives.

The General Assembly further supports people with autism by dedicating funding to autism intervention and services in the annual state budgets. In the current 2018-19 budget, funding totals more than $31 million, an increase of $3.6 million over the previous fiscal year’s spending.

Learn more here.
Tree-trimming Planned

West Penn Power will be trimming trees across its service area in Franklin County in the coming months. The power company, which is a subsidiary of First Energy Corp., says this work helps prevent tree-related outages and enhances service reliability.

Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have trimmed more than 600 circuit miles in West Penn Power’s overall service area. Another 4,100 miles of trimming is planned.

Franklin County communities targeted for trimming include Chambersburg, Guilford Township, Mercersburg, Waynesboro, St. Thomas Township, Washington Township, Montgomery Township, Peters Township, Antrim Township, Greene Township and Hamilton Township.
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