PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are new developments within the battle over legalizing leisure marijuana in Pennsylvania. A big majority, 66% of registered voters, assist legalizing leisure marijuana within the commonwealth, a brand new CBS Information battleground tracker ballot finds.
Thirty-four % don’t assist legalizing marijuana.
The CBS Information ballot discovered two-thirds of individuals polled would love marijuana legalized, and whereas there are payments making their means via the statehouse, there are additionally efforts to cease them of their tracks.
“It is simply the appropriate factor to do,” Rep. Amen Brown stated.
Brown is the sponsor of a invoice that will legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. It seems as if the bulk is behind him.
“I feel it is an incredible factor and they need to legalize it,” Philadelphia resident Jamel Robinson stated.
Brown says legalizing marijuana would assist construct income in underserved areas.
“Training, after-school packages, reasonably priced housing, issues of that nature and investing that cash and creating jobs and serving to communities who had been hit the toughest by the prohibition,” Brown stated.
Brown is working with Republican Sen. Mike Regan, who represents elements of Cumberland and York Counties, to make it occur.
Regan was not accessible for remark. In an op-ed he wrote final 12 months, he defined his assist by stating, “It is to assist regulation enforcement who’re battling crime, gangs and cartels over marijuana.”
However, Dan Bartkowiak, of the Pennsylvania Household Institute is against the concept.
“We are able to have conversations to attempt to enhance the prison justice system and I feel that is what lots of people have a look at regarding the full-on legalization of leisure marijuana,” Bartkowiak stated, “however that is a separate dialogue available. We do not need to see the candies and gummies and the vaping that’s occurring.”
In the meantime, one other voter we spoke with says there are larger issues to resolve.
“There are extra issues to fret about than simply legalizing marijuana,” Derrick Wilson, of Philadelphia stated. “I really feel like extra safety within the metropolis is extra applicable than something.”
CBS Information didn’t ask about reforming the prison justice system. It solely requested if folks thought leisure marijuana must be legalized.