PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana in an effort to help businesses and individuals hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
During a press conference on Covid-19 recovery, the Governor called on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana with the proceeds going to existing small business grant funding.
I’m calling on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana, with the revenue going to:
🔹 Small business grant funding
🔹 Restorative justice programs
At the same time, we must pursue policies that restore justice for individuals convicted of marijuana-related offenses.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 25, 2020
According to a press release by the Governor’s office:
Fifty percent of the funding would be earmarked for historically disadvantaged businesses. Along with the call to the General Assembly to pass legislation legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the governor proposes that a portion of the revenue be used to further restorative justice programs that give priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.
Also, the governor wants the General Assembly to pursue criminal justice reform policies that restore justice for individuals convicted of marijuana-related offenses.