PA Governor Pushing for MJ Legalization in 2021
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PA Governor Pushing for MJ Legalization in 2021
Posted by CN Staff on January 29, 2021 at 15:44:11 PT
By Andrew Blake, The Washington Times 
Source: Washington Times
Pennsylvania -- Marijuana legalization is among the priorities that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf plans to pursue in 2021, the Democrat announced Thursday, albeit facing likely opposition from the GOP-led state legislature. Ahead of his upcoming annual budget address Tuesday, Mr. Wolf presented a preview of his legislative agenda that includes legalizing marijuana among the governor’s main goals for this year.
“To get Pennsylvania back on track from the disruptions that this pandemic is causing, we need to make major, major targeted investments to strengthen our economy, to support workers and small businesses, to rebuild our infrastructure and to help do everything we can to help all Pennsylvanians build a path to financial security,” Mr. Wolf said during a press conference announcing his legislative agenda.Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but most states have passed legislation allowing it to be used for medicinal or recreational purposes. A growing number are legalizing retail sales, as well.The Keystone State is currently among the more than 30 states to have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, and its governor came out in 2019 in support of legalizing recreational use for adults.Republican leadership in the Pennsylvania state legislature has been hesitant to agree, however.“There is just not the support in the caucus for legalizing marijuana right now,” a spokesman for state House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff told the Capital-Star roughly four months ago.In an outline it released of the governor’s agenda, Mr. Wolf’s office noted that support for marijuana legalization exists outside the GOP-controlled legislature, including neighboring states.“Now as our neighbors move toward legalizing recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania cannot afford to be left behind,” reads part of the legislative agenda released by the governor’s office.“Legalizing adult-use cannabis has strong bipartisan support among Pennsylvanians. The revenue generated from legalization will be used to support historically disadvantaged small businesses through grant funding and provide them the assistance they need to build back from the economic crisis and strengthen our economy. Additionally, a portion of the revenue will support restorative justice programs to help the individuals and communities that have been adversely harmed by the criminalization of marijuana,” it said.New Jersey voted in November to legalize marijuana, and the Garden State in the process of planning for establishing a system for taxing and selling retail cannabis.Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to tax and sell marijuana within the Empire State earlier this month, meanwhile.Source: Washington Times (DC)Author:  Andrew Blake, The Washington Times Published: Thursday, January 28, 2021Copyright: 2021 News World Communications, Inc. Website: letters washingtontimes.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 08, 2021 at 19:46:25 PT
Historically, Republicans have been a burden.Presently they are way off on the deep end of reality and close to insignificant.Suffering from the effects of THC deficiency. 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 07, 2021 at 10:41:50 PT
John Tyler
We stand such a better chance with Democrats in power. I hope we get a Democrat as Governor in the future.
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on February 07, 2021 at 09:39:41 PT
in Virginia
The Virginia state legislature passed cannabis relegalization. It still has to go through reconciliation between the House and Senate versions and then on to the Governor, who said he will sign it. It is not perfect, but it is better than prohibition. Virginia will be the first state in the South to relegalize cannabis. 68% of the people of Virginia are in favor of legal cannabis. As a historical footnote, in 1619 the early colonial government of Virginia passed a law that said all farmers were required to grow cannabis (hemp). It is happening state by state. The more states come on board and start making money, the more other states will want to come on board too.By the way… Virginia was backward on a lot of important issues until the people voted in a Democratic Governor, majority Senate, and majority House of Representatives. Then things started moving.
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on January 30, 2021 at 08:30:18 PT:
The real reason
The only ones who are still against legalization of Herb are these bible-thumping, fundamentalist, TRYING-TO-BE, ahem, "christians" (spelled with a lower-case "c" on purpose) who know NOTHING about God, but know EVERYTHING about political power. They're the ones who are complaining about the country's, ah, "morals slide! Since they sold their souls to "president" Trump, they have RELINQUISHED the "moral high ground" that they once enjoyed, so they are in NO position to lecture anyone about their "morality".
  However, the Religious Right (religious WRONG, really)are essential to the Republicans' electoral success, so the GOP will do whatever it takes to make sure that they have the bible-bangers' vote securely in their grasp. That means that you cannot count on the Republicans to do the right thing when it comes to social policy. They will not burn bridges with these so-called "christians", so count them out.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on January 29, 2021 at 20:19:26 PT
Push in Penn, shove in Idaho
So I just saw FoM's link to Idaho's stance on the thread before this thread, where Idaho wants to eliminate the option of RE-legalizing the plant cannabis in any form.*****&! BTW it's not a plant and it's not cannabis: it's marijuana and it's a drug!*****-and I see this movement in Penn which is on the opposite end of the spectrum. It's one of the differences between push and shove.Will I be able to wear My hemp shirt in Idaho? May I take My Dr. Bronner's soap across state lines? What happens if I sprinkle hemp seeds on My Idaho potatoes in Idaho?
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