Is Legal Cannabis The Answer To PA's Revenue Woes?

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With state tax revenue down and a growing budget deficit as a result of the pandemic, is now the time to legalize recreational cannabis in Pennsylvania? Lt. Governor John Fetterman says yes.

“You’re talking over the course of 10 years or 20 years, you’re talking billions of dollars in untapped revenue that currently right now is going to drug cartels,” said Fetterman.

Fetterman tells KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino GOP lawmakers are the hold outs of legislation, even though a majority of Pennsylvanians support it, along with most Republicans.

Fetterman adds it would be a “jolt of freedom” for Pennsylvania residents.

“I know there’s a lot of libertarians that think the government, and I share that view, that they don’t have any right to tell me if I can responsibly consume a plant in my home,” said Fetterman.

Fetterman says it would create “thousands and thousands” of jobs, especially in rural areas, without the use of government subsidies.