Pennsylvania legislators have introduced new bills aimed at legalizing marijuana sales through state-operated stores and providing permits for small agricultural businesses and farmers to grow cannabis once recreational sales are allowed. Rep. David Delloso (D) officially presented the legislation, enabling adults aged 21 and older to possess, consume, cultivate, and purchase cannabis through a state store system managed by the Liquor Control Board.
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Currently, Cannabis in Pennsylvania is completely illegal for recreational use. However, medical use in this state was made legal in 2016 thanks to a state legislature bill that was passed. This new bill proposes a 19% tax on retail cannabis sales, with revenue directed toward the state’s general fund. Additionally, the legislation envisions a separate regulatory framework for industrial hemp. The bill, supported by 20 initial cosponsors, also considers allowing cannabis imports from other states or countries where marijuana is legal, with certain restrictions.
Rep. Melissa Shusterman (D) and 13 cosponsors filed another bill to establish a permitting process for farmers to cultivate cannabis for marijuana grower-processors once legalization is implemented. This would provide accessible and equitable entry into the adult-use cannabis industry for farmers and small enterprises. The future of legalization in Pennsylvania looks more promising after Democrats gained control of the House following the 2022 elections, although Republicans still control the Senate.
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