There’s no doubt about the fact that Pennsylvania lawmakers are fully-invested in pushing forward the law to make recreational marijuana legal. Luckily, it seems that they will be successful in their mission.
In Pennsylvania, the plans to legalize marijuana before the end of the legislative season are in full swing. On April 17, 2016, consuming marijuana for medical purposes became legal. Namely, ever since selling marijuana became legal, business has been booming in cannabis dispensaries!
However, that’s only a fraction of the overall impact that selling recreational marijuana can have on the state’s economy.
Unfortunately, although it’s legal for people who are using marijuana for medical reasons to possess, and even cultivate it, recreational marijuana is still illegal in the state.
In October 2018, the bill to reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana to a fine got approved. However, it’s most likely that it will take a few years to end the marijuana prohibition.
The bill to legalize marijuana
Jake Wheatley, who is the representative from Allegheny County, stated that he is looking for people to support his house bill that would allow people to buy, consume and possess marijuana.
The bill would ultimately allow adults who are 21 and older to use marijuana and marijuana products.
The benefits of legalizing marijuana
Although the legalization of recreational marijuana is still an ongoing project, it’s more than obvious that it can only help boost the state’s economy in the long run.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder other states, such as California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont legalized marijuana as well.
All in all, Jake Wheatley is ready to fight for the legalization of marijuana. What’s more, he believes that Pennsylvania citizens are as well.
On a positive note, the state Senate is going over some final edits of the legalization bill. Overall, it may be one of the most progressive bills in the nation, according to Senator Daylin Leach.
Developments regarding the marijuana laws
It’s still unclear how the Republicans and the Senate will vote on the bill. On the upside, Governor Tom Wolf admitted that even though he was once against ending the marijuana prohibition, he is now more open-minded.
He acknowledged the fact that more and more states are legalizing marijuana, and that it would be beneficial to learn from their efforts. Moreover, it may be the right time for Pennsylvania to fully consider legalizing recreational marijuana.
Overall, Pennsylvania has the potential to be one of the largest markets for medical marijuana in the country!
On May 12, 2018, the Health Department published improvements to the medical marijuana program. Overall, the regulations allow patients to use medical marijuana as a substitute for opiates.
In the end, it’s quite obvious that each day, Pennsylvania is getting one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana.
If the lawmakers continue their efforts, marijuana may become legal sooner than expected.