Jan Murphy | Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News
Pennsylvania’s neighbors to the north and east were seemingly hot on the trail of legalizing marijuana and it didn’t go unnoticed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The strong interest in legalizing recreational cannabis coming out of New York and New Jersey was cited as a reason why Wolf sent Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on a statewide listening tour to hear what Pennsylvanians thought of the idea.
Wallace McKelvey | Monday, April 29, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News
Pennsylvania is getting ever closer to legal recreational marijuana but policymakers still face tough questions about what this potentially multi-billion-dollar industry would look like.
In December, Gov. Tom Wolf signaled he’s open to it after years of ambivalence and caution. Newly elected Lt. Gov. John Fetterman subsequently embarked on a 67-county listening tour to collect public input.
Ron Southwick | Thursday, March 28, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News
A majority of Pennsylvanians say it should be legal to buy marijuana for recreational purposes, according to the new Franklin & Marshall College poll.
The poll, which was released this morning, found 59 percent of voters said pot should be legal in Pennsylvania. The findings underscore a remarkable shift in public opinion on marijuana in a little more than a decade. In 2006, only 22 percent of registered voters supported legalizing marijuana, said G. Terry Madonna, the F&M poll’s director.
Wallace McKelvey | Thursday, December 20, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News
Gov. Tom Wolf’s change of heart on recreational marijuana could open the door to a rapidly growing new industry — and a potential revenue windfall worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Medical marijuana companies are currently subject to a 5 percent gross receipts tax, in addition to licensing fees and income taxes. Through November, the state brought in just over $1 million from the gross receipts tax alone, according to state Department of Revenue data. That’s up from $291,000 last year, when the industry was still in its infancy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s governor says it’s time for the state to consider whether to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment Wednesday while answering questions from the public on Twitter.
Wolf says “more and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization,” and Pennsylvania should learn from their efforts.