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Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis.

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Gov. Tom Wolf pardoned 69 marijuana offenders. Why that matters | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 2, 2021

The executive action 'will give these 310 people a chance to put the conviction behind them, offering them more opportunities,' the Wolf administration said.

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.

Weed, ethics and a natural gas tax: Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021 plan for Pennsylvania, explained

BY: - January 28, 2021

The pitch, delivered during a video press conference, featured few new ideas. Instead, Wolf focused on repackaging proposals he has pitched time and time and time again to the Legislature

Pa. has to pass a budget soon. Here’s what is on the table

BY: and - October 18, 2020

Budget debates in Pennsylvania’s state Capitol are fast-moving affairs in the best of years, with legislative leaders talking behind closed doors with little input from the public.

First batch of marijuana pardons under expedited review head to Wolf’s desk

BY: - June 23, 2020

Lyndsay Kensinger, a spokeswoman for Wolf, said the Democratic governor is “very supportive” of the expedited pardon program.

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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.

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.

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In first-ever hearing on legalizing cannabis, House GOP focuses on Pa. gun owners

BY: - June 3, 2019

"I think there's going to be a lot more discussion and conversation over the next few years prior to acting on any of those pieces of legislation," one Republican said.

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As Pa. considers cannabis legalization, lawmakers, Wolf need to put criminal justice reform front and center | Aryanna Berringer

BY: - April 28, 2019

I saw firsthand the damage that a cannabis arrest can wreak. We need to put those days behind us.