US (PA): Lawmakers introduce bill to legalize adult cannabis use

Two Pittsburgh area lawmakers are hoping to make Pennsylvania the 17th state to legalize adult-use marijuana. House Bill 2050 would make it legal for anyone 21 and over the buy and use recreational marijuana in the Keystone state.
The state reps that wrote the bill say it would bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue. "60% of Pennsylvanians believe the time is now to regulate the market," said State Representative Jake Wheatley. Wheatley, along with fellow Rep. Dan Frankel, introduced a bill to decriminalize adult-use of marijuana.
"The fact of the matter is cannabis is here already. You talk about it coming in from other states, but it's here in the commonwealth anyway, and it's unregulated. We don't know what our citizens are getting," said Wheatley. Wheatley says unregulated, illegal products coming into the state can be dangerous to the user. He predicts a legal market here would bring in between $180-350 million annually. An income, he says, the state desperately needs.

"The majority of the money would go into the general fund to continue to help in state direction of roads and bridges, our school systems, and a number of other things," added Wheatley.  

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