Rabb applauds Gov. Wolf’s consideration of general use cannabis

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today issued a statement supporting Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s launch of a statewide listening tour on the possibility of legalizing the sale and adult consumption of cannabis – more popularly known as “marijuana.”

“I’m glad to see our governor seriously considering the legalization of general use cannabis,” Rabb said. “As a founding member of the PA Cannabis Caucus and the founding chair of the PA House Democratic Caucus Equity Committee, I strongly support the legalization of general use cannabis in Pennsylvania. One in four young adults already uses cannabis and with 64 percent of Americans in favor of legalization, it is past time for Pennsylvania to be frontrunners in this industry rather than lagging behind. It is clear that the so-called ‘war on drugs’ has failed, and it’s time we started to treat cannabis use as a public health issue, not a criminal one.”

Rabb went on to say that the policies enacted ultimately need to include:

• Comprehensive criminal justice reform as it relates to the thousands of people who have languished in jails and prisons over cannabis-related drug offenses;

• A rigorous social equity rubric regarding how licenses are applied for and secured by prospective business owners of cannabis grow facilities and dispensaries; and

• Allocation of tax revenues from cannabis sales to go toward addressing our most socio-economically devastating public health crises.

“By legalizing cannabis, Pennsylvania will create extraordinary financial wealth. According to a study by Arcview Market Research, the North American cannabis market made an astounding $9.7 billion last year, which is up 33 percent from the previous year,” Rabb said. For Rep. Rabb, the real question is, “How will this prospective infusion of revenue into state coffers translate into shared prosperity across the commonwealth?”

As of 2018, 30 states plus Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis in some form, with nine states passing general use cannabis laws.

To stay informed about this issue and other policy priorities of Rep. Rabb, please visit his website or email his office at reprabb@pahouse.net.