Legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania; it’s an idea that seems to have been gaining some ground in the Commonwealth. And now, a bill has been introduced at the State Capitol to do just that.
If the new bill passes, Pennsylvania would join 10 other states and the District of Columbia in having recreational marijuana.
On Monday, Senator Sharif Street introducing Senate Bill 350 to make adult use of recreational marijuana legal in Pennsylvania.
“The majority of Pennsylvanians, I believe, across the Commonwealth, will support this common-sense legislation.”
The senator says legal weed could result in about $600 million of annual revenue for the state.
“That makes a difference in our ability to reduce property taxes, fund education, fund infrastructure, and other things Pennsylvanians care about.”
Supporters also say recreational marijuana could have a positive impact on the state’s opioid epidemic and clear up Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
Robert Rudnitsky says, “People’s lives are destroyed by this medicine. And then they can’t work, they get felonies. It’s bad. It’s really bad.”
Majority Leader Jake Corman says, “I think we’re premature. I think the evidence from other states that have done this is certainly contradictory, at best.”
Corman has spoken out against the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana, calling it “reckless” and “irresponsible,” saying, “I will do everything in my power to prevent legalization of recreational marijuana”.
Robert Rudnitsky with Philly NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), though, believes this bill could soon become law.
“I think we’re getting a lot of momentum. I do believe this is finally getting the voice of the people.”