Neither Candidate For Governor In PA Supports Recreational Use Of Marijuana

Gov. Wolf says PA isn't ready; Wagner believes it's a gateway drug

Larry Richert and John Shumway
October 17, 2018 - 10:23 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Recreational cannabis use is now legal across Canada but don’t expect that to happen in Pennsylvania anytime soon.

A few weeks ago Democratic Governor Tom Wolf told the KDKA Radio Morning News he doesn’t think Pennsylvanians are ready for recreational marijuana. He is a supporter of the medical use of cannabis and signed the bill into law.

Gov. Wolf’s Republican opponent Scott Wagner agrees because he says it can be a gateway drug to harder substances like opioids.

“Somebody will smoke pot, you know that one’s not a big deal and then it’s on to the next thing, what is it cocaine next . . . and then what’s next, heron,” said Wagner. “So no, I’m not in favor of recreational (use).”

A big motivator for many in passing recreational marijuana laws in PA is the amount of revenue it would generate but Wagner says if you fill jobs and get Harrisburg’s finances in order there won’t be a need for the money taxes would generate.

“Why don’t we fill 200,000 to 400,000 skilled labor positions and get people back to work and maybe get our government under control and we won’t have to go to that extend where we have to go to that extent where we have to legalized recreational (marijuana) just for the sake of tax revenue.”

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