The legalization of adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania – which likely could create a market worth more than a billion dollars a year according to Marijuana Business Daily estimates – received another boost as the state’s top law enforcement officer tweeted that he is joining several other state Democratic officials in backing the effort.
After months of internal research & discussions with fellow law enforcement, I am in support of efforts to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana use for Pennsylvanians over the age of 21.
— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen)
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Tom Wolf made a similar announcement that he supports it.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, both Democrats, have long supported the idea, too.
Public opinion polls in Pennsylvania have shown a majority of those asked were in favor of legalizing marijuana, as did a report released from Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on legalizing marijuana earlier this year.
However, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature have forcefully pushed back and said they oppose it.
Pennsylvania law doesn’t allow voter-initiated referendums, so legalization would have to occur by passing a bill in the state Legislature.
– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily