Send a message: Support legalization of adult-use cannabis
Send a message to Harrisburg's lawmamkers that it’s time for Pennsylvania to act and legalize adult-use cannabis.
As more and more states legalize cannabis, it’s time for Pennsylvania to make plans for its future.
Colorado and Washington voted to legalize cannabis in 2012. Nearby states like Massachusetts and Vermont have also legalized cannabis, joining a list that includes 11 states as well as Washington, D.C. All of our neighboring states have legalized cannabis for medicinal use. And as our own lieutenant governor pointed out in reference to neighboring states, Pennsylvania will soon be awash in legal cannabis.
I introduced House Bill 1899 in September, which would provide for the legalization of cannabis for adults 21 years of age and older. In order to shield children from cannabis, under my bill all sales of adult-use cannabis would be limited to Pennsylvania’s state liquor stores.
State stores are a brick-and-mortar operation, capable of properly distributing and educating our residents on cannabis.
Pennsylvania needs to act now for these reasons:
- It would generate revenue: A bill authored by Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, and co-sponsored by Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, and more than 20 other members of the House of Representatives has been referred to the Judiciary Committee. This bill takes into account what Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale detailed in a 2018 report that legalizing adult-use cannabis could generate more than $580 million annually in revenue for the state.
- It would create thousands of jobs: The bill would create more than 18,000 family-sustaining jobs in the stores where cannabis would be sold, while at the same time the stores would ensure cannabis is not sold to children or anyone under the age of 21.
- It would shepherd in much-needed social justice reform: The bill would start the process of the decriminalization of cannabis possession and the expunging of prior convictions for low-level cannabis convictions.
- It would free up the criminal justice system for more pressing work: By decriminalizing adult-use cannabis, Pennsylvania would free up its criminal justice system and save millions of dollars.
Help Pennsylvanians and our economy, pass H.B. 1899 now.
Follow this link to send a message to Speaker of the House Michael Turzai, Republican Leader Bryan Cutler; and Rep. Robert Kauffman noting your support of H.B. 1899 and the legalization of adult-use cannabis.