In a tweet Monday, State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), announced the introduction of HB50, a bill that would “legalize adult-use cannabis & address decades of social injustice.”
Sen. Sharif Street (D), who also supports the legislation, said that it’s “time for us to join the new age and enter the cannabis economy.”
According to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana could bring in an estimated $580 million in revenue.
The proposed bill would provide incentives for businesses to partner with Pennsylvania farmers, as well as provide investments in student debt forgiveness, after-school programs, and affordable housing.
In January, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced a statewide listening tour on the topic and wants to hear from people.
During the Lt. Governor’s announcement, he talked about how the other states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization and how Pennsylvania should learn from their efforts.
The tour dates haven’t been announced yet, but Fetterman plans to stop at every county in the state.
In Ohio, medical marijuana is legal, only for the treatment of certain qualifying medical conditions.