Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor supports legalizing recreational marijuana

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The legalization of adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania – which likely could create a market worth more than a billion dollars a year according to Marijuana Business Daily estimates – received another boost as the state’s top law enforcement officer tweeted that he is joining several other state Democratic officials in backing the effort.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Tom Wolf made a similar announcement that he supports it.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, both Democrats, have long supported the idea, too.

Public opinion polls in Pennsylvania have shown a majority of those asked were in favor of legalizing marijuana, as did a report released from Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on legalizing marijuana earlier this year.

However, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature have forcefully pushed back and said they oppose it.

Pennsylvania law doesn’t allow voter-initiated referendums, so legalization would have to occur by passing a bill in the state Legislature.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily