Wheatley hosts roundtable to discuss legalization of adult-use cannabis

HARRISBURG, April 21 – Several experts, including those in the business and agriculture industries, joined state Rep. Jake Wheatley on Tuesday in a discussion of his efforts to legalize adult-use cannabis in Pennsylvania.

“Having this thoughtful dialogue was extremely beneficial and gave us the opportunity to hear from stakeholders across Pennsylvania, because it’s imperative we demystify cannabis,” said Wheatley, D-Allegheny. “Currently, we have several states surrounding our commonwealth selling cannabis, and my plan would help us to set up a comprehensive, fair and safe industry to help disadvantaged communities, expunge non-violent offenses related to cannabis, grow our agriculture sector and provide much-needed revenue to our state.”

“I am proud to support Chairman Wheatley’s legislation, as it will ensure we provide opportunities to our communities of color to participate in this growing industry and to help support our commonwealth, notably in the areas of school funding and vital infrastructure,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It’s clear that we can implement an adult-use cannabis program in a safe way to benefit all Pennsylvanians.”

“It’s not a matter of if legalization is going to happen, but when,” said Brandon Flood, secretary, Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. “While we’re waiting on state or federal action, our municipalities can on take a greater role in addressing this issue and preparing for that eventuality. This forum was worthwhile with a diverse panel and a number of different perspectives.”

“We feel this is a great opportunity for the state and for small businesses to include agriculture operations in this legislation and will open up a lot of doors for many,” said Michael Kovach, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union. “Longstanding prohibition against this plant is going to end.”

Information on Wheatley’s legislation can be found at the following link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20210&cosponId=34520.