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Lt. Gov. Fetterman Launches "Listening Tour" on Legalizing Marijuana

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announces a statewide tour of all 67 counties, to begin in February, to gather views for and against legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Pennsylvania's new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman will be coming back to Allegheny County -- and visiting every other county in the state for that matter, to see what Pennsylvanians think about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana. It's part of a statewide "listening tour" by the former Braddock mayor that will start in mid-February and cover all 67 counties. Tour dates will be released in the next few weeks, as will a webpage form for those who have something to say but can't attend a listening session.

Both Gov. Tom Wolf and Fetterman have said they believe it's time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at legalizing recreational marijuana. "We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say," said Fetterman at a news conference.

John's efforts will help ensure we are looking at this issue from all perspectives and from every corner of Pennsylvania," Gov. Wolf said. Wolf said Fetterman and his team will also be looking at other states that have already successfully legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Wolf also reiterated that any proposal for legalizing recreational marijuana would need to be implemented after the medical marijuana program is fully implemented. Marijuana was legalized for medical use in Pennsylvania in 2016.

"We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say," Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, on his marijuana legalization listening tour

Here are some other ways to make your views known:

  • PA Rep. Jake Wheatley D-Pittsburgh co-sponsored a bill last August to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge criminal records for marijuana-related convictions that would have been lawful if the drug was legal. He has an on-line petition to "free the weed" as he described it on Twitter last year.
  • Keystone Progress and also have an on-line petition to legalize recreational marijuana use.
  • The Pennsylvania Cannabis Connection has an on-line petition to support legalizing home-grown marijuana by medical marijuana patients and their caregivers.

We couldn't find any petitions you can sign to oppose legalizing marijuana, but click here to find out how to contact your state lawmakers and make your voice heard.

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