Marijuana legalization will get another chance in the Pennsylvania Legislature thanks to a new bipartisan bill.
State senators Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) this week introduced a bill that would allow those over the age of 21 to buy and use marijuana and expunge the convictions of those sentenced for non-violent marijuana-related offenses.
Existing medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to sell their products to the public, and new dispensaries would be licensed.
“While my colleague Sen. Street and I come from different political parties, we see a bipartisan way forward on marijuana legalization that is premised on safety and social equity,” Laughlin said in a statement.
Street is one of the Senate’s leading advocates for legalization of marijuana. He co-sponsored a 2019 legalization bill that died in committee, and appeared with Gov. Tom Wolf in a September news conference at which Wolf called for legalization.
“In close collaboration with Sen. Laughlin, key community groups and stakeholders throughout the commonwealth, we developed a bill that is a Pennsylvania approach to adult use marijuana legalization,” Street said in a statement. [Read more at TribLive]