Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, has released his legislative agenda calling for the legalisation of cannabis to help save the state economy.
Last week, Governor Tom Wolf released an outline of his fall legislative agenda stating his support for cannabis legalization.
According to Wolf, cannabis legalization will help stabilize the state's economy through business support and job creation.
Wolf stated that revenue from cannabis sales will be directed to "small business grant funding" and "restorative justice programs". Funding and focus will also be directed into policies that "restore justice for individuals convicted of marijuana-related offenses."
This is not the first time Governor Wolf has stipulated his support for cannabis legislation. Last year, the Governor urged a debate to consider taking steps to change legislation to legalize the plant.
In the meantime, efforts should be made towards decriminalizing possession and looking into expunging cannabis-related offenses. This statement came shortly after receiving a report confirming that a majority of the state was in favor of the plant.
Governor Wolf has now placed legalization at the forefront of his agenda, stating that adult-use cannabis is necessary for keeping the economy afloat. It's not hard to understand why.
Other states such as Colorado and Illinois have been partial to a boom in cannabis revenue. Colorado, for instance, sold more than $150 million worth of cannabis products in June 2020. Similarly, Illinois continues to break records each consecutive month after legalising adult-use in January 2020.
In conjunction with other states, Pennsylvania has been hit hard by an employment and tax recession. There's no doubt that cannabis legalization will play a crucial role in boosting the state economy.
Cannabis has turned into one of the country's leading job creators. In fact, according to Leafly almost 250,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. are stemmed from legal cannabis. Furthermore, in 2019, Pennsylvania medical marijuana sales hit $406 million with almost 9000 jobs associated with those sales.
The scope of cannabis legalization is becoming more prominent with the November election right around the corner. Several initiatives for both medical marijuana programs and adult-use legalization have made its way to the election ballot to be put to a citizen vote. As it stands, public support for the cannabis industry is higher than ever before.
With lawsuits currently being filed to prevent the cannabis industry moving forward, it's a refreshing change to see a strong political figure state the facts: cannabis is becoming the economy's saving grace.
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