Are Pennsylvanians ready for the use of recreational marijuana?
Gov. Tom Wolf shared during a Twitter Q&A yesterday that he thinks it’s time to “take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana.”
More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, and we need to keep learning from their efforts. Any change would take legislation. But I think it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana. https://t.co/LHOmYKzMyp
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 19, 2018
Up until this comment, Wolf has never embraced the discussion of fulling legalizing marijuana in the state until studying the experiences of other states that have legalized it.
In August, Wolf said in a KDKA interview that he believed that Pennsylvanians weren’t “ready” for the legalization of marijuana.
Lieutenant Governor-elect John Fetterman has advocated for legalizing marijuana for the past couple of years, which he even shared in this campaign video during his unsuccessful 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
In 2016, Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, which passed with bipartisan support. While Wolf ran for Governor in 2014, he supported decriminalizing possession of small amounts according to the AP.
The AP also reports that “now, 10 states and the District of Columbia have approved recreational marijuana, including Michigan and Vermont this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”
In September of last year, a Franklin and Marshall College poll showed that 59% in the state surveyed supported the legalization of marijuana.
With Wolf set to begin his second term next month, will this be a priority?
According to the Allentown Morning Call’s Steve Esack, it will “not be a key part of his second term”, but Wolf is “keeping his eyes open to what New York and New Jersey are doing.”
PA Gov. Tom Wolf says he is not making legalizing pot a key part of his second term. He is only keeping his eyes open to what NY and NJ are doing.
— Steve Esack (@sesack) December 20, 2018