Wolf to KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvanians would 'like to see movement' on marijuana

Jim Melwert
May 23, 2019 - 4:29 pm
Jim Melwert and Gov. Tom Wolf

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's statewide listening tour is over, Gov. Tom Wolf told KYW Newsradio Pennsylvanians would now "like to see some movement" on marijuana. 

The report is currently being written, he said. Fetterman visited every county in the state and held town hall meetings to "ask Pennsylvanians what Pennsylvanians wanted."

The governor also has a forum on his website asking citizens for comments and suggestions on the issue of recreational marijuana for adult use, which he said has received more than 30,000 thus far.

"We're going to take all of those, and the lieutenant governor is going to things and say, 'Here's what Pennsylvanians seem to be saying.' We'll have the report and it'll be clear, but the impressions of the lieutenant governor are that people would really like to see some movement here," said Wolf Thursday in a sit-down interview in the KYW newsroom. 

Wolf watched the issue of legalized marijuana play out in New Jersey and New York, but he said both states skipped a crucial step.

"They didn't do what we did, which is really make a big effort to ask the people of Pennsylvania, 'What do you want? What do you think?' And I think this is one of the areas where it's absolutely essential."

Whether for or against the issue, Wolf said the Legislature needs to listen to its constituents. 

"We're trying to do it the right way. And again, however this turns out, whatever the people of Pennsylvania want to do, I think the lieutenant governor has a clear opinion on this, but both of us are very eager to do what the people of Pennsylvania want to do."

Earlier this month, New Jersey lawmakers ceased efforts to push for a bill to pass recreational marijuana in the Garden State, leaving it up to a voter referendum in 2020.

Wolf said that could happen in Pennsylvania, but he predicts otherwise.

"To get on the ballot in Pennsylvania, you have to actually get the General Assembly to vote for that. My assumption is they would probably vote for legislation before (a referendum). We'll see how the reaction is to the report from the people of Pennsylvania."

Listen to the full, exclusive interview with the governor below.