Gov. Wolf calls on residents to pressure Pennsylvania lawmakers to legalize marijuana for recreational use

Kristen Walters

Pennsylvania's Governor, Tom Wolf, has been pushing to legalize marijuana use for recreational use. The one thing standing in his way is the Pennsylvania legislature, which has yet to draft a bill addressing the issue.

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Currently, sixteen states have passed legislation decriminalizing the use of recreational marijuana.

While Pennsylvania does allow marijuana to be used for medicinal use when prescribed by a physician, it has yet to pass legislation that would allow Pennsylvania residents to legally purchase the substance for recreational use.

In fact, Pennsylvania has some of the strictest laws regarding marijuana possession in the nation. Those found in possession of the drug can still face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 for 30 grams or less.

A statewide poll taken in 2020 found that 62% of Pennsylvanians support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Since New Jersey legalized the substance for recreational use in April, Governor Wolf has been calling for Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass legislation to make it legal to buy marijuana in Pennsylvania.

He fears that PA citizens will simply go into New Jersey to purchase the drug, causing the state to lose out on millions in potential revenue. But, the Pennsylvania legislature has not taken any action on the issue.

Today, Governor Wolf put out a tweet urging PA residents to contact their state representatives and ask them to create or support a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

According to the Governor's message, Pennsylvania is "falling behind" many other states that have already enacted such measures.

Do you agree with Governor Wolf that marijuana should be legalized for recreational use?

If so, do you plan to contact your state representative and ask them to draft or support such a bill?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

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