By William G. Roark

Today the Governor’s Office released the results of a study on expanding Pennsylvania’s regulated cannabis market beyond its current medical status to include all adult use. The study stems from a tour conducted by Lt. Gov. Fetterman in which each of the Commonwealth’s counties were visited. At each stop, citizens were given an opportunity to speak in favor – and sometimes against – marijuana’s expanding role in our society. The take away, while not unanimous, is that a majority of Pennsylvania citizens are now in favor of legalizing marijuana in the Keystone State. “We now know the majority of Pennsylvanians are in favor of legalization, and that includes me,” Gov. Wolf said.

In a public statement, Governor Wolf identified three specific tasks to be undertaken:

  1. Asking the legislature to get a bill to the Governor’s desk that decriminalizes non-violent and small cannabis-related offenses.
  2. Seeking a path to restorative justice through the expungement of past convictions of non-violent and small cannabis-related crimes.
  3. Calling on the General Assembly to seriously debate and consider the legalization of adult-use, recreational marijuana.

The intent is clear: social justice and equality are the motivating factors behind this push. As the legislative term continues, and election season heats up, all eyes will be on the General Assembly to see what happens next. A link to the Governor’s statement can be found here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-lt-gov-fetterman-announce-report-next-steps-after-adult-use-recreational-marijuana-tour/