The next state to legalize marijuana for adults could be Pennsylvania, where two state legislators introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday. Previous legalization proposals in the state have stalled in the Republican-controlled legislature.
The two said in a statement that their bill would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 18 and older, decriminalize a yet-to-be-determined amount of it and bring in $1 billion in tax revenue to the state.
If passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Tom Wolf, who has repeatedly said that legalizing marijuana is a top priority, the bill would set a new standard for home-grown marijuana - allowing medical marijuana in the state, allowing up to one ounce of marijuana to be grown for adults 18 and older, and eliminating penalties for possession of less than one ounce by adults under 18. Street said in a statement that while legalization in other states has effectively led to racial segregation and fostered a white-dominated cannabis empire, Pennsylvania's proposal allows those harmed by the prohibition to seal their files and rebuild their lives.