During a recent so-called “Twitter Town Hall,” Gov. Wolf of Pennsylvania tweeted it was”time for Pennsylvania to take a deep and fair look in recreational marijuana”.
Wolf replied questions from Twitter users on Wednesday on a number of topics, including raising the minimum wage, voting reforms, and legal justice reform. But it had been his comment about legalizing cannabis for recreational use that struck an immediate chord with advocates and marijuana consumers.
To legalize recreational use, Wolf would need buy-in from Republican lawmakers from Harrisburg, who have traditionally opposed such a move.
“Happy bud holidays!” Said Chris Goldstein, a secretary for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “That is a brand new location for Gov. Wolf. We’re grateful he’s come around.”
Wolf often has said he was willing to approach legalization with an open mind. As 10 nations have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and many states bordering Pennsylvania have begun to consider it, Wolf appears to be giving it that his most popular concern yet.
Following the Wave
Back in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York, support for legalizing the medication has gained momentum. In the Garden State, Gov. Murphy conducted on a pro-legalization platform. Legislators at Trenton likely will pass a bill next year that could include cannabis micro businesses and home delivery. On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced that he would push to own recreational marijuana hailed n 20-19.
A brand new legalization bill, sponsored by State Sens. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) and also Sharif Street (D., Phila.) , will soon be introduced in January. Additional laws by State Reps. Jake Wheatley (D., Allegheny) and Jordan Harris (D., Phila.) , likely will soon be reintroduced next 12 months.
“I am excited and encouraged by the governor’s change of heart,” said Leach. “He and I have spent a lot of time talking about this issue. The experience of other states shows that stopping prohibition has no disadvantage for this. In addition, it is going to go a very long way moving the ball forwards on criminal justice reform. I am sure whatever bill we pass will be the best in the country.”
Early in the day Wednesday, Wolf commuted the 292-year sentence currently being served by means of a convicted marijuana and cocaine trader to make him eligible for parole. Wolf predicted the sentence being served by Benny Ortega, 60,”egregious and inhumane.”