Greene Announces He Will Not Seek 4th Term as DA; Admits Cannabis Use, Wants to Join “Front Line” of Fight for Cannabis Legalization

December 28, 2023

WARREN, Pa. – In a letter focused primarily on the fight to legalize cannabis, Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene announced he would not seek a fourth term as DA.

Greene has two years remaining on his current term, which expires in December 2025 and has been the County DA since 2013. Greene has been an advocate for the legalization of adult-use cannabis and, in his letter, admitted to having used cannabis “most of my adult life.”

“Therefore, due to many reasons, including the above, I am officially announcing that I will not seek a 4th term as your elected District Attorney when my current term ends in December 2025,” Greene said in the letter. “I am proud of what I have accomplished in my tenure and service to the People of Warren County as District Attorney, and I am humbled that I had the opportunity to work with the Heroes of Warren County. I can truly say, it has been an Honor.”

Now, Greene said he wants to shift his focus to joining the “front line” in the effort to legalize marijuana use.

“I have never, nor would I, drive or make legal decisions affecting people’s lives when I was incapable of doing so due to cannabis use,” Greene said. “I use cannabis responsibly and have not been shy about my advocacy for legalizing marijuana which has been used by humans for over 5,000 years for medicine, religion, and recreation.

“Freedom isn’t free and it is time for me to join the front line,” Greene said. “I readily admit I am in violation of draconian Cannabis Federal Law (which answers to Big Pharma$$$) and as a result, some government officials advocate that I should, inter alia; lose my 2nd Amendment Rights, lose my PA Driving Privileges and possibly be arrested. I respectfully disagree.”

Part of that legalization, Greene said, is to find a way to regulate cannabis.

“With today’s ‘super lab’ high THC, marijuana can also be dangerous, and therefore regulation is a must to bring clarity to medical and recreational use,” Greene said. “In today’s world regulation is unorganized and confusing, citizens don’t know what is legal and what is not. Even law enforcement and prosecutors are perplexed and looking for answers to address the situation of legalization and regulation of marijuana in PA and throughout the USA.”

Greene also pointed out the differences in buying marijuana on the street vs. medicinal users buying labeled and regulated cannabis.

“For years, people using cannabis had no idea what they were buying,” Greene said. “Peeps just bought a bag of weed and hoped it was ‘good.’ Today, if you buy a bag of weed, you have to hope it’s not laced with fentanyl or other hard drugs. However, if you get a Medical Marijuana Card (which just about anyone would qualify for) then you can buy labeled, regulated, quality medical cannabis; so long as the cannabis manufacturers and distributors are ‘playing by the rules.’”

Greene believes Pennsylvania can lead the way in research and manufacturing of medical marijuana and wants to be part of that effort.

“Pennsylvania should lead in Medical Marijuana Research and manufacturing, and I will be part of that process,” Greene said.

Read the full letter here.

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