Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for calling on the General Assembly to reform Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws as part of criminal justice reform.
“It’s time for public policy to catch up with public opinion,” DePasquale said, noting that recreational marijuana for adults has been approved in numerous other states and Washington, D.C.
“My research shows that regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use could generate up to $581 million in new revenue annually – money that Pennsylvania could use to strengthen support for education, fight opioid addiction and expand access to health care,” DePasquale added.
DePasquale was Pennsylvania’s first statewide elected official to publicly support regulating and taxing marijuana and highlighted the potential economic benefits of doing so in a July 2018 special report. It noted that an average of 8.38 percent of Pennsylvania’s adults (21 and older), or nearly 800,000 people, currently use marijuana at least monthly.
Research shows a majority of Americans now support legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with support rising from 27 percent in 1979 to 65 percent in 2019.