If there was any doubt that Tom Wolf was determined to make marijuana legalization a reality this year, the Pennsylvania governor put that to rest on Wednesday.
In a pair of tweets, Wolf reiterated his call to end prohibition on adult recreational pot use in the Keystone State, saying the revenue generated could be crucial in restoring the economy that has been battered by the pandemic.
“I want to see Pennsylvania begin the process to legalize adult-use marijuana this year,” Wolf said Wednesday morning. “The profits from this measure would be used to help us recover from COVID. Plus, it’s past time that we restore justice to those harmed by marijuana criminalization.”
He followed up that tweet with another in which he encouraged constituents to tell legislators “you want to keep up with other states and legalize adult-use marijuana.”
The Cannabis Status in Neighboring States
The reference to other states was timely, in that two of Pennsylvania’s neighbors—New Jersey and New York—are also taking steps toward legalization. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans in January to introduce a “a proposal to legalize cannabis and create an equitable adult-use cannabis program in [New York state]” that he said would