Governor Wolf is dismissing a push to legalize and tax recreational marijuana to help Pennsylvania’s budget deficit.

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The governor said: “I don’t think Pennsylvania is ready for recreational marijuana. We ought to see what other state’s experience is – especially in taxation.”

This comes after auditor general Eugene DePasquale’s news conference on Monday when he called for legalization – saying the state is missing out on revenue. The auditor general says the state could make at least $200 million a year by taxing recreational marijuana.

Wolf says that would be a fairly small portion of the state’s $3-billion deficit and says he first wants to see how the legalization of medical marijuana works out.

The governor does support decriminalization of possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana.

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