Bill Introduced That Would Make Recreational Marijuana Legal In PA

Rep. Wheatley says bill would also 'release people jailed for crimes associated with cannabis'

September 25, 2018 - 11:53 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania State Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced legislation Monday that would make it legal for adults 21 and over to grow, purchase and use cannabis.

If the bill is passed it would make PA the 10th state to legalize recreational use of the drug.

It would also legalize the possession of cannabis edibles and allow a person to have  up to six plants but no more than three flowering or mature plants.

It would still be illegal to use marijuana in public or drive while under the influence of it.

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The Allegheny County Democrat said that the bill would more importantly address those who have been jailed or have records due to crimes involving cannabis.

“My bill would immediately release people jailed for crimes associated with cannabis,” Wheatley said. “Those who have criminal histories related to cannabis would be expunged, and professional and driver’s licenses that were revoked or suspended due to cannabis-related crimes would be reinstated. For far too long, the criminal justice system has unfairly punished Pennsylvanians, especially minorities, who are caught with cannabis.”

Wheatley added that making marijuana legal in PA would allow law enforcement to focus on serious crimes and would also generate up to $500 million in tax revenue annually.

A petition launched by Wheatley has gained over 8,222 signatures and he adds over 60 percent of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of cannabis.

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