25 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to PA Representative Matt Gabler, PA Senator Joseph B. Scarnati, DuBois Mayor Gary Gilbert, PA Legislators, PA Governor Tom Wolf

Decriminalization of Marijuana in Clearfield County Pennsylvania

The decriminalization of Marijuana in Pennsylvania is on the horizon as 3 of Pennsylvania's largest cities, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg have already made the step of creating a better commonwealth by decriminalizing the beneficial plant. Under state law, marijuana possession of 30 grams or less is a criminal misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both. This petition is asking for the decriminalization of the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time for first-time offenders.  As a resident of Clearfield County I have witnessed and heard far too many unnecessary stories of people undergoing financial torment and life altering consequences because they were caught with no more than a handful of this plant in their possession, and a lot of these cases are unfortunately starring a young adult as the victim. It is equally tragic when an elderly member of our society who has worked and contributed to this area their entire life is forced to drop everything and go sit in jail over simply possessing marijuana. I was 16 when I was criminally charged with possession of marijuana with less than 2 grams of the substance on me, excessive fines along with mandatory drug and alcohol evaluation and a 6 month probation period were some of my penalties. Talking to other people near my age group while I was going through this process made me realize that these penalties were mellow in comparison to some of theirs. How anybody could think that subjecting someone to this is fair treatment or helpful to the individual or society in anyway is truly disturbing. We are wasting our tax money and our resources to arrest and imprison our own people for possessing something that our Nation's captiol along with 29 other states have chosen to legalize in some form.  Decriminalizing Marijuana in Clearfield County will be another big step towards the push for state wide decriminalization. Please make a more sensible, safe, and progressive society for our State's youth to grow up and learn in.  I have specifically asked for the town of DuBois to help get things rolling by supporting this cause as it is the city I grew up in. On our Cities government website the mayor states that the most important goal is to “help improve our great City and neighboring municipalities for future generations so they will be proud to call DuBois their home.” The huge issue with that is that A LOT of the "future generation" in this town are being tormented over marijuana possession, and subsequently, are not proud to call DuBois their home whatsoever. I'm sure it's a safe bet to say many other cities in this county are seeing the same thing. Decriminalizing Marijuana will spare tax payers the average $2,200 cost per marijuana arrest/court case. Decriminalization of Marijuana would also allow our police force to dedicate their time to fixing issues with the drugs in our state that our actually killing people and ruining lives. In 2010 27,065 marijuana arrests were made in Pennsylvania, now our state is experiencing one of the worst heroin/opiate epidemics in the United States of America and we are still focusing on targeting marijuana crimes. As far as the youth is concerned, going through an arrest and then being treated like a drug abusing criminal for the next however many months is far more damaging and psychologically scarring than any amount of marijuana ever could be.  It is finally time to stop the nonsense. Please help our leaders make this choice so that we can begin to focus on fixing bigger issues and creating a Pennsylvania for the future to be proud of. Thank you for your time. 

Jacob Striegel
573 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Senator Mario Scavello

Support Funding to Cure Paralysis by Passing the PA SCI Disability Research Bill

For the first time in history, advances in neuroscience are providing potential treatments for paralysis from Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), but the research is significantly underfunded. Researchers around the world are getting closer to developing curative therapies that would restore function to what is otherwise an incurable injury, but in the U.S. alone, the NIH funds only 8-10% of all SCI research applications.  This leaves many excellent inquiries unfunded or underfunded.   There are currently 11 states that have a funding mechanism for SCI research, which has led to extremely promising breakthroughs in potential SCI curative treatments and several FDA approved clinical trials. Research breakthroughs related to Schwann cell therapies, epidural stimulation, and gene therapy advances has all made significant progress in these states.  In addition, there is a strong correlation between state funded programs and increased NIH funds, so an investment in SCI research in PA would likely bring increased NIH funding.  The consequences of Paralysis following a Spinal Cord Injury are devastating to individuals, families and communities. It is a physically, psychologically and financially costly injury.   Regardless of where you are from and what your connection to spinal cord injuries is, show PA legislators that you support annual funding of research on spinal cord injury treatments. Help to pass the Pennsylvania Spinal Cord Disability Research Bill that would bolster and speed efforts to bring relief to those of us who suffer from these difficult, devastating and life-changing injuries. For more information about this Bill and its progress go to  or

PA for the Cure
1,908 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Upper Perkiomen School Board

YES!! Build the new Upper Perkiomen Middle School!!

The Upper Perkiomen School District and its 3000 students and 200 teachers need your support more then ever.  Recently, elected into office is a new school board of individuals whose sole purpose is to halt the construction of our much needed middle school, sadly beating out our Pro-Education Candidates by a minimal margin of only a couple hundred votes.  The new members of the school board do NOT represent our community as a whole and certainly  do not represent each of the 3,380 students attending our schools that did not have a voice in the election.  There are countless negative impacts to stopping the construction, most imperative is a multi-million dollar deficit to our districts bottom line while the board has no solutions or alternative permanent options to create improved spaces and to reduce overcrowding in each building. One constant has been wonderful caring teachers that do the best they can with the spaces and resources they have been provided.  Our students and their teachers deserve to be in environments that will inspire them to learn and motivate them to succeed.  Our children are our future and we are their advocates.  Please help me send a message to the Upper Perkiomen School Board that we NEED a new Middle School.  Sign this petition to tell the board, YES, BUILD the new Upper Perkiomen Middle School.

Friends of the new UPMS
1,635 supporters