Harrisburg, PA – Some senators are sponsoring legislation that would end Pennsylvania’s prohibition of cannabis and could ultimately legalize its use for adults.

Key points on the bill:

  • Establishes a tiered system of licenses for growers with lower barriers to entry in order to allow those with more limited resources to enter the cannabis industry as entrepreneurs.
  • Provides for automatic expungement of previous criminal convictions of cannabis-related offenses, including possession, and delivery of less than an ounce, as well as commutations of sentences resulting from such convictions.
  • The majority of tax revenue will be used for public education, with individual school districts choosing what portion of revenue to dedicate to the new funding formula, and what portion to property tax relief.
  • Consumption of cannabis will be permitted only by adults over 21 years of age.
  • Home delivery of cannabis will be permitted.
  • Individuals will be permitted to grow up to six plants for personal consumption, but may not sell those plants.

Listen to the audio from Sen. Sharif Street, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Senate Bill 350 has just been proposed and would still have to be voted on and pass through both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it would ever hit the governor’s desk.

On the other side, Rep. Matt Gabler says he would want to see more research done and not rush into legislation. He says we still don’t know enough about the long-term effects of making this change.

If you feel strongly about the subject one way or the other, write to your local representatives.

Gov. Tom Wolf is also asking Pennsylvanians to fill out an online survey about how they feel about the possibility of recreational marijuana. Click Here to fill out that feedback form.

Not sure who to write to or whose office to visit? Click Here to find out who is your local representative in the State House of Representatives.

The State Senators are Sen. Bob Casey (D) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R). Click their names for contact info and to fill out an online contact form.