Marijuana Still Illegal in Pennsylvania: DA Aaron

Ron Wilshire

Ron Wilshire

Published December 19, 2012 5:45 am
Marijuana Still Illegal in Pennsylvania: DA Aaron

 title=One of the biggest surprises hitting Mark Aaron when he started as Clarion County District Attorney 13 years ago is just how far reaching and pervasive the drug trade is in Clarion County.  It continues to surprise him today after a year in which CNET has claimed major arrests related to suboxone, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.

Faced with the growing use of “hard” drugs such as heroin, suboxone, and even bath salts in Clarion County, and legalization of marijuana in several states, Aaron says he will continue to include marijuana in CNET’s search for drug violations.

Two large grow operations in Knox were recently targeted.

“It’s illegal, and I have not heard of any rumblings that it will change in Pennsylvania, and therefore, we will continue to treat it as illegal,” said Aaron.

“Marijuana is a gateway drug. I know there is an argument that people think it should be legalized.  It’s a free country, and they’re allowed to make that argument, but promoting marijuana does no one any favors.  In this day and age, any job worth having is almost assuredly going to involve drug testing, and to promote the use of marijuana as a legitimate lifestyle choice doesn’t do anyone any favors if their plan is to be a productive member of society.”

Aaron also pointed out that in Clarion County some jobs such as construction, drilling, machine operation, etc. will look at the liability of their workers and continue drug tests, even if it is legal.

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