“I don't think Pennsylvania is ready for recreational marijuana.” – Governor dismisses call to legalize, tax … – WGAL Lancaster
HARRISBURG, Pa. —
Governor Wolf is dismissing a push to legalize and tax recreational marijuana to help Pennsylvania’s budget deficit.
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.