Weed With Your Booze: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want To Sell Recreational Marijuana In State Stores
There are a lot of bills floating around about whether or not Pennsylvania should legalize marijuana for recreational use and how to do it. A House representative introduced a co-sponsorship memorandum suggesting that it be legalized for adult use through the state store system.
Rep. David Delloso of Delaware County, Pa., came up with the bill as a way to legalize marijuana for recreational use, get rid of low-level marijuana convictions, and let people grow marijuana.
He said that if this kind of law passed, law enforcement would be able to focus on community issues and there would be less discrimination against black people in the criminal justice system because of cannabis convictions.
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Rep. Delloso says that the goal of the bill is to let the Liquor Control Board control both the sale of alcohol and marijuana in the state. This means that people would be able to buy alcohol and cannabis products at the same store.
This bill will be introduced for the third time, and Rep. Delloso is hopeful that it will pass this time.
Shawn Kelly from the Liquor Control Board said that if the legislature passes, they will follow the rules it sets out if they make changes to the way the state stores work.
It’s not clear if that will include changing the name of the board, but it’s not out of the question. Right now, the board only controls the “sale of distilled spirits and, in some cases, wine and beer,” as it says on its website.
Rep. Delloso said the Liquor Control Board was not involved in making the law.
In Pennsylvania, only medical marijuana is legal.