Philadelphia mayor: Sell legal rec cannabis via state-run liquor stores

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney endorsed legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, saying it should be sold through state liquor stores instead of private retailers.

Such a move would severely limit the business opportunities for entrepreneurs wanting to enter the retail side of the market. It also would put the state in charge of sales.

“We have the perfect system to set up the legal recreational use of cannabis through a controlled state store system, allowing the state to capture all the income that is going to the underground,” Kenney said on WHYY’s “Radio Times.”

He added that allowing rec marijuana to be sold through the state stores would ensure customers were properly identified and that revenue from sales could be allotted for public education.

Pennsylvania is still working out the details of its medical marijuana program, which was approved in last November’s election and is expected to go online in 2018. The state is currently reviewing the more than 500 applications it received for business licenses and is expected to be done with that process in June.

5 comments on “Philadelphia mayor: Sell legal rec cannabis via state-run liquor stores
  1. Freedom on

    The gov wants all control to make all the money and this proves it. The worst thing is that it gets ran by the gov, they’re more crooked than the ones selling it now. These guys need to know this cannabis is being brought in from legal states and it’s not funding terrorism. This needs to be ran by the people For the people. All of the medical patients should be allowed to grow their own Medicine NOW while the politicians figure out how to Make the Most Money. Meanwhile those who need the medicine are having to buy it from the underground because of you politicians not doing your f…ing jobs for us. Get out of the way and allow those with Experience in the business to get your asses moving for us. We need our medicine! We need it NOW!!!

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  2. Danny Edwards on

    IF THEY ONLY WOULD ONLY CARE ENOUGH FOR THAT ONE REASON…WE NEED OUR MEDICINE. WE CARED ENOUGH WHEN ALL THEY “WANTED WAS THEIR FREEDOM” …U.S.VETERANS

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  3. STEVEN NORTH on

    They do realize the banks cannot accept their monies anymore. Credit Card processing is out. There pension funds are nixed
    Let’s see them float a bond measure to get started.
    Civil Asset Forfeiture will be a blast.

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  4. Paul Sorensen on

    Every state thinks it’s so much smarter, even when other states are running successful rec. programs. Oregon lets the liquor commission run the MJ programs, but as separate entities. But why would you want to mimic a good system? (in one of those OTHER states)

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