Could PA Become Next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana?
Governor says go for it, saying public sentiment is overwhelmingly in support.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has joined the call for legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, joining his Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who travelled the state all spring an summer, taking your input on the idea. For the governor this is a change in his original position that Pennsylvania should study what's happened in the 11 other states were pot is legal before deciding what to do.
The governor said at a news conference that, after reviewing Fetterman's report on his "listening sessions" in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, it's clear to him legalization and decriminalization of marijuana is what the Pennsylvanians want.
Wolf and Fetterman urged lawmakers to act quickly on decriminilization of cannabis-related offenses and expunging past convictions. In fact, a number of bills are already on the table.
"We've heard you, and this announcement is our earnest effort to bring about the changes you've told us you want." John Fetterman
Both agree that all-out legalization of recretational won't be easy or quick. But Fetterman says the majority of the 10,000+ people who testified at his listening tour stops, and the more than 44,000 comments received through a form on the governor's website, support the idea.
There's already strong opposition. "Our caucus has no plans or interest in legalizing recreational marijuana," according to a statement from the House Republican leadership team. Our state is the midst of an opioid epidemic." They want to keep the focus on Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program which was legalized in 2016
"We do not believe easing regulations on illegal drugs is the right move" PA House Republican Leaders
You can read the Lt. Governor's full report on his listening tours by clicking here , including a county by county breakdown, and the most common arguments for and against.
And it's not to late to weigh-in, for or against the idea of legalization of adult recreational use. Click here to find out how to contact the governor's office and make your views known . Click here to find out who your state representatives and state senator are, and how to reach them by writing, e-mailing, or even calling their offices.