Pennsylvania Governor Is Still Pushing To Legalize Marijuana
Legalizing marijuana could help Pennsylvania weather the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. That argument was made Tuesday by Tom Wolf, the Keystone state governor, who continues to push to address the issue. This year I will address the General Assembly again and ask them to make legalizing cannabis for adults a priority in this case as we work to find a way to overcome the economic hardships of the CoVID-19 pandemics.
There is a movement to push the legislation forward, "Wolf said, as quoted by local television station WGAL. Wolf compared the legalization of recreational use to the economic growth that began after decades of prohibition, according to the station. The law has prompted many states to set up their own medical marijuana dispensaries, while local farmers have benefited from the CBD boom in recent years.
Legalizing marijuana is a top legislative priority for Wolf, a Democrat who is currently serving his second term as Pennsylvania governor. Since Wolf first expressed his support for legalization last year, he has increased pressure on lawmakers to push ahead with the reform.
Last month, he urged members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to join other states and cities in lifting bans on recreational pot use. We should legalize cannabis and adult-use, with the proceeds going to existing subsidies for small businesses, "Wolf said.
Half of the subsidies would be earmarked for historically disadvantaged companies that have had difficulties in obtaining other aid due to systemic problems. The other part of this proceeds will go to a justice restoration program that prioritizes the harm that the criminalization of cannabis has done to victims of crime in our communities. Fetterman justified his move with restorative justice, saying the state must stop prosecuting people for doing something that most Pennsylvanians don't even think should be illegal. Despite the tone in favor of legalization, Wolf called on Pennsylvania Republicans in August to support legalization.
We need to get back to the things that really matter to people like you and stop focusing on Republicans while ignoring a public health crisis. You are actually mocking us with the idea that we are legalizing it, but you are not.
Last year, a Franklin & Marshall College poll found that nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvanians support legalizing marijuana, higher than what pollsters found in their 2017 survey. Wolf and Fetterman seem to be right in claiming that most Pennsylvania voters have their backs to the wall and are behaving themselves