Plans to turn Crawford County into a “Legal Pot County” have been scrapped by the promoter after he could garner no support from the county’s magisterial district judges.

In mid-January, Charles Stiles Jr., 53, of Dingman Road, Townville, suggested that all magisterial judges throw out any charges involving possession of marijuana, allowing any suspects to go free. For all practical purposes, that would be enough to make the drug legal here, he said.

He also wanted people to be licensed to grow and to sell marijuana. Stiles said allowing use and sale of marijuana in this fashion would help draw tourists and revenue into the county.

Stiles believes marijuana isn’t harmful and cited the fact that it’s legal in some states for medical purposes. It should be legalized completely in Pennsylvania, starting in Crawford County, he added.

Stiles sent letters asking the magisterial judges to attend a forum March 3 to discuss his plans, but said Wednesday, “It’s not going to happen.” He said he talked with all the judges and none would attend.

When he announced the plan, both Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz and Meadville Area Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm, president of the county association for magisterial district judges, dismissed the idea, saying it wasn’t legally feasible.

Stiles held a rally in Diamond Park to support his belief last November, when 57 people showed up to back his movement.

He also petitioned to have a question on the election ballot in 2006 to make marijuana legal, but that was denied because state law doesn’t permit it. State law allows only specific questions be on the ballot, such as whether liquor can be sold in a municipality, whether to allow annexation, and other items pertaining to municipality operations. No other questions are permitted under law.

Stiles is acquainted with the drug, having served six years in jail for possession of marijuana.

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