Governor Wolf is dismissing any positive reinforcement to legalize and tax recreational marijuana that could tremendously help Pennsylvania’s budget deficit:
“I don’t think Pennsylvania is ready for recreational marijuana. We ought to see what other state’s experience is – especially in taxation.”
Eugene DePasquale, auditor general, called for legalization–saying the state is missing out on revenue. The auditor general says the state could make at least $200 million a year by taxing recreational marijuana. An ongoing poll shows that the community of Pennsylvania would much rather have marijuana become legal.
The governor does support decriminalization of possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana but would still like to see how the legalization of medical marijuana works out in other states.