Pennsylvania GOP leader tosses cold water on marijuana legalization plan

One of Pennsylvania’s top-ranking Republicans said lawmakers likely won’t legalize recreational marijuana this fall, despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s pleas.

“Like with any issue, a bill would need to work its way through the Senate Committee process to be vetted,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said, according to the Courier-Express in DuBois. “Movement on this issue should not be expected this fall.”

Wolf last month called on the Legislature to legalize an adult-use commercial program in part to relieve state fiscal pressures caused by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

He also wants to set aside 50% of marijuana tax revenues for historically disadvantaged small businesses.

The Democratic governor reiterated his call for legalization during a press conference Thursday.

While this year looks like a long shot, industry insiders say that there’s a good chance Pennsylvania will legalize a commercial recreational marijuana program next year.

Pressure especially will be on Pennsylvania to do so, experts say, if residents in neighboring New Jersey pass, as expected, an adult-use referendum in November.

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5 comments on “Pennsylvania GOP leader tosses cold water on marijuana legalization plan
  1. Brian Kelly on

    Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

  2. Eric Blair on

    More damage inflicted upon “we the people” by the GOP under Donald Trump’s lackeys. Legalization of adult recreational use of an herb that offers significant health benefits will come to Pennsylvania soon, just as soon as Pennsylvania elects true leadership responsive to the overwhelming wishes of it’s populace.New Jersey legalizes cannabis in November and welcomes purchasers from the Quaker State to help eliminate the NJ black market and help contribute to the Garden State’s efforts to boost its revenue stream.

  3. Aaron Thomas on

    Career politicians will wave the marijuana in front of your faces, and they will pretend they’re gonna take a vote on it, but when all is said and done, and they’re comfy in their chairs, they will postpone it because they know that as long as marijuana is illegal, they’ve got your votes in their pockets. Don’t let some sleazeball with no term limits manipulate you because you like weed.

  4. Joseph Wilson on

    That’s right to all three of the above comments!
    What’s really going on with the legalization of cannabis is the gop knows that if they legalized cannabis that they would lose some revinew from the pharmacudical companies from people switching from pharmacudicals to cannabis for their ailments.
    My thoughts are, This plant has been a part of mankind since mankind existed and if it weren’t for people like anslinger to put their two cents in, We wouldn’t be having this discussion.
    The fact that the plant can elevate many different kinds of illnesses speaks for itself.
    It’s a shame that when people are in control they lose all sense of scientific facts.
    I mean it’s been scientificly proven that this plant is good for us,Yet the people who are in control can’t/won’t admit it!
    Thank you so much,


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