Pennsylvania Governor Includes Marijuana Legalization In 2021 Priority List

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The governor of Pennsylvania is including marijuana legalization in his list of 2021 legislative priorities. In an agenda released on Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said enacting the cannabis policy change should be part of the state’s economic recovery and would also promote social equity. With neighboring states moving toward legalization, he said “Pennsylvania cannot afford to be left behind.” “Legalizing adult-use cannabis has strong bipartisan support among Pennsylvanians,” the governor’s agenda states. “The revenue generated from legalization will be used to support historically disadvantaged small businesses through grant funding and provide them the assistance they need to build back from the economic crisis and strengthen our economy.” Build on bipartisan progress: Criminal justice system reform Health care reform Increase access to high demand jobs Reduce the corporate net income tax reform + close the Delaware Loophole Legalize adult-use marijuana — Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 28, 2021 Wolf is set to deliver a budget speech to lawmakers on Tuesday. It’s not yet clear if he will include cannabis-related reforms in his formal spending request, as lawmakers in other states such as New York and Rhode Island have done. The Pennsylvania governor, who came out in favor of adult-use legalization in 2019, said in the new agenda that the state will also use part of the tax revenue from cannabis sales to “support restorative justice programs to help the individuals and communities that have been adversely harmed by the criminalization of marijuana.” Establishing a regulated cannabis market will build on the state’s success in enacting a medical marijuana program in 2017, the governor said. Since adopting a pro-legalization position, Wolf has repeatedly called on the Republican-controlled legislature to pursue the reform. In September, he took a dig at the Republican-controlled legislature for failing to act on reform in the previous…

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