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Causer opposes legalizing recreational pot….drivers and passengers hurt in Tioga County collision…two more McKean County business cited for liquor law violations….

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In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s call to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) issued the following statement:

“I am shocked that the governor would promote recreational use of something that has been deemed by the federal government as a dangerous and illegal drug. Our state is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and now he wants to make marijuana legal? Marijuana use should be strongly discouraged, not legalized. The governor’s desire to legalize is certainly not the right policy move for the people of this Commonwealth. I am strongly against easing regulations of illegal drugs, especially for Pennsylvanians who are battling drug addiction.

“My experience as a former local police officer has shown that legalizing marijuana will increase teen use and lead to more medical emergencies, including traffic deaths if motorists are driving while high. The amount of revenue generated from legalization falls far short of the cost in increased hospital visits, addiction treatment, environmental damage, crime, workplace accidents and lost productivity.

“Legalizing marijuana would put one more harmful substance in our society that costs far more than the revenue it generates. According to the Pew Research Center, the most frequently mentioned reason why people oppose legalization is that marijuana generally hurts society.

“Lt. Gov. John Fetterman held what he called listening tours throughout the state. I view those as selling tours. Why did he not include more feedback for the law enforcement and medical communities who have extensive experience in dealing with the impact of illegal drugs on communities and on our roadways?


“I am grateful that the House Republican Caucus has no plans or interest in legalizing recreational marijuana. In addition, I am hoping that no action will be taken to lessen penalties on this dangerous drug.”

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting he is opposed to making recreational use of marijuana legal. He said he supported legislation to make medicinal marijuana legal to help people suffering from pain and or illness but he believes the use of the drug could cause numerous problems.

For more information about this legislation, or any other legislative topic, contact Knowles’ district office in Tamaqua at 570-668-1240, or in Hamburg at 610-562-3411. Information can also be found online at or

Four people were  hurt in a collision Tuesday afternoon in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police said the collision occurred when 72 year old Candice Cleveland of Mansfield entered South Main Street from a parking lot into the path of a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Kim Schmouder of Morris. Schmouder applied her brakes but could not avoid hitting Cleveland’s Toyota Rav4. Both drivers and passengers in the Scmoulder SUV, Sharon Wilson of Liberty and Delaney Scmouder of Morris were all treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for minor injuries. Cleveland was cited for improperly entering a roadway.

An equipment problem is blamed for a one vehicle accident Sunday morning in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Moya Chalmers of Galeton was going east on Route 660 making a right hand curve when the front left wheel became detached from the axle due to the lug nuts stripping off the studs on her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee . Chalmers was able to bring the Jeep to a controlled stop in a private driveway. She was not hurt.

Two more McKean County business have been cited for violating liquor laws. The Corner Restaurant in Smethport for allowing a person under the age of 18 to be in a portion of the establishment were smoking is permitted. And, The Bradford Area Golf Association, Inc. was cited for failing to break empty liquor bottles withing 24 hours on August 7, 2019 and for failing to maintain complete and truthful records covering operations for two years immediately preceding August 7, 2019. The charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.  The judge can also impose license suspension or revocation for the licensee based on the severity  of the charge brought . The judge can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them about the requirements of being a licensee.