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What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2021

The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week.

COMMENTARY

Why is the Pa. GOP keeping us stuck in cannabis prohibition? | Opinion

BY: - April 27, 2021

The starting point must be an honest discussion about the risks and rewards of adult use regulation. Lying to Pennsylvanians is inexcusable. We deserve the truth about the benefits of legalization.

Senators reveal bipartisan plan to legalize weed, expunge records in Pennsylvania

BY: - February 24, 2021

The sponsors, Sens. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, and Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, cited shifting public attitudes, as well as the potential gain from a new crop for farmers, a fresh start for those with a possession arrest on their record, and a boast to the state’s bottom line.

COMMENTARY

Five things the Legislature can do to make Pennsylvanians’ lives measurably better in 2021 | John L. Micek

BY: - December 30, 2020

This new time calls for a reset on everything. The dawning of a new year offers just such and opportunity. The 253 members of the General Assembly should not squander it. 

COMMENTARY

Legalizing recreational cannabis will open a Pandora’s box of problems for law enforcement | Opinion

BY: - September 23, 2020

Legalization poses significant challenges for law enforcement resulting from the unanticipated consequences it has on public safety.

Wolf puts recreational weed, paid family leave, hazard pay and business grants on fall agenda

BY: - August 25, 2020

With the Legislature set to reconvene next week, Gov. Tom Wolf released a broad policy platform Tuesday calling for legal weed, paid family leave, and campaign finance reform.

COMMENTARY

Fears of addiction are overblown. Pa. needs to legalize recreational marijuana | Opinion

BY: - April 17, 2020

Facts about relatively low rates of dependence and potentially huge benefits prompted public debates after Gov. Tom Wolf  said it was time to have a serious conversation about legalizing recreational cannabis.

COMMENTARY

In rebooted recreational cannabis legalization plan, Pgh. lawmaker calls for ‘Cannabis Clean Slate’

BY: - February 12, 2020

Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, wants to combine social justice and criminal justice reform in a revised recreational cannabis legalization plan.

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Majority of Pennsylvania voters want legal cannabis, poll shows — just not in state stores

BY: - October 31, 2019

The poll released Thursday shows 58 percent of voters support legalization, a number consistent with March polling by the Lancaster-based college.

Pennsylvanians with minor cannabis convictions can apply for an expedited pardon

BY: - October 2, 2019

The announcement comes less than a week after Wolf said for the first time he backs legalizing cannabis for recreational adult use.

Tanqueray and chronic? Pa. House Democrat wants to sell legal cannabis in state liquor stores

BY: - October 2, 2019

At a Capitol news conference Wednesday, the lawmaker suggested property tax relief, school funding, or social justice causes as possible beneficiaries of the roughly $581 million expected windfall.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he supports legalizing cannabis

BY: - September 27, 2019

"Continuing to criminalize adult personal marijuana use is a waste of limited law enforcement resources, it disproportionately impacts our minority communities and it does not make us safer," the Democrat said.