During a news conference on Tuesday morning, Governor Wolf called once again for the Pennsylvania legislature to make recreational marijuana legal in the commonwealth to help support businesses affected by COVID-19.
The remarks came while Wolf was discussing actions and relief he believes the legislature needs to take during the global pandemic.
The state has about $1 billion in CARES funding from the government to help supplement funding loans. Wolf says taxes from the sale of recreational marijuana will provide additional funding.
Wolf’s hope is that there will be more interest in passing legal cannabis in the legislature now that there is a strain on the budget due to the pandemic.
While Wolf realizes funding won’t come immediately, he believes the process should get started now so funding can some sooner rather than later.
In 2018, Wolf told the KDKA Radio Morning News the time is not right for the state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, "I don't think the citizens of Pennsylvania are ready for it." Then in January of 2019, Lt. Governor John Fetterman announced the launch of a marijuana listening tour in Pennsylvania with the intent of learning whether or not residents were ready for legalized weed..
Wolf says that front line workers and businesses need to be protected. He also called for the legislature pass paid parental leave for families.
Wolf also announced that state employees will be given six weeks of paid parental leave.