Bipartisan Pennsylvania Senators Team Up On New Marijuana Legalization Bill

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A bipartisan duo of Pennsylvania senators rolled out a bill on Wednesday that would legalize marijuana in the state. And it’s that bipartisan component that advocates hope will convince the GOP-controlled legislature to advance the policy change. Sens. Dan Laughlin (R) and Sharif Street (D) are introducing the legislation, which would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess cannabis from licensed retailers. The possession limit would be set at 30 grams, and only medical marijuana patients would have an option to cultivate up to five plants at home. Regular people, farmers, and small businesses will benefit. Micro Cultivation licenses will give regular people access to the emerging cannabis market in PA. https://t.co/EjttpZBfoX #CannabisCommunity #LegalizeIt — Senator Sharif Street (@SenSharifStreet) February 24, 2021 This marks the first time that a Republican legislator in Pennsylvania has sponsored an adult-use legalization bill—a significant factor given that the legislature under GOP control has long resisted legalization. Laughlin says that he’s not necessarily in favor of cannabis use, but he views regulating the market to be “the most responsible approach” to the issue and a superior alternative to criminalization. “I ran for public office because I wanted to solve problems—and you can only solve problems when you are honest about what people think and how people really feel,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s clear to me that public attitudes towards marijuana have changed dramatically in the past decade, maybe more than any other issue in recent memory.” “As a public official, I believe it is my role to bring people together to ensure adult-use marijuana legalization done right,” he said. “Our proposal prioritizes safety and social equity. And furthermore, it will let Pennsylvania’s robust agricultural industry participate in marijuana cultivation.” Street said the legislation is “pragmatic both economically and…

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