Gov. Wolf now supports legalizing marijuana

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September 25, 2019 - 3:16 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he is now in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use and is asking lawmakers to consider it.

Wolf's announcement Wednesday advances his position from December, when he signaled that he was open to taking a look at it as it gathered popularity and momentum, particularly in bordering states.

Before last winter, he had dismissed the idea.

Wolf is a Democrat and made the announcement while releasing a report from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's statewide listening tour on legalizing marijuana. The governor says 68 percent of the 10,000 plus people who responded in person and 82 percent of the more than 44,000 people who responded either in person or electronically favor legalization of marijuana.

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Wolf has long supported decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, although the Legislature hasn't passed legislation to that effect.

He signed legislation in 2016 creating Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program. 

He also wants lawmakers to allow the expungement of past convictions of nonviolent and small marijuana-related crimes.

As for full legalization of marijuana, Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled House say they believe the governor “has entered into territory that could have a vast, negative impact on young people in Pennsylvania.”

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KYW Newsradio's Tony Romeo contributed to this report. 

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