State Senator and Former U.S. Marshal Backs Pennsylvania Cannabis Legalization

State Senator and Former U.S. Marshal Backs Pennsylvania Cannabis Legalization
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Pennsylvania State Sen. Mike Regan knows that by backing Pennsylvania cannabis legalization, he might surprise some of his constituents, especially since he is a former U.S. Marshal. It also finds him in agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat. In a recent opinion piece picked up by many media outlets in Pennsylvania, Regan explained his position. It’s of interest to cannabis consumers everywhere, as he makes a strong argument that even conservative politicians should favor adult-use cannabis legalization. He also takes the rare step of equating cannabis legalization with efforts to reduce crime. Regan wrote that when he first started speaking on adult-use legalization, “I got the expected question from constituents, friends, and colleagues: How could I, as a former U.S. Marshal, support legalizing marijuana?” The answers, he wrote, revolve around the failure of cannabis prohibition. Criminals Making Billions Off Illegal Drugs Regan wrote that the long-time federal policy of cannabis prohibition has failed in Pennsylvania. He said that instead, a “general consensus” has developed to accept the status quo on marijuana law, a situation he called “unfathomable.” Meanwhile, as more communities across the state decriminalize marijuana, it opens the door for expansion of the illegal cannabis market, Regan wrote. He added that an estimated $325 million a month is flowing out of Pennsylvania and into the illicit market, “bankrolling violent cartels who are destroying our communities.” Regan also pointed out that illegal cannabis dealers sell marijuana to anyone regardless of age, do not test products to ensure safety, do not pay taxes and lack any oversight over their operations. “In the simplest of terms, our choices are between safe or unsafe; tested or untested; age controlled or available to all; and tax revenue or criminal gain,” wrote Regan. “And that is why I have come to my current belief…

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