Pa. lawmaker’s bill would legalize recreational marijuana

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A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) said his proposal, House Bill 50, would implement tax rates suggested last year by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

The auditor general’s proposal called for a 35-percent tax on the growth, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to generate about $580 million in new revenue for the state.

Wheatley said his measure would allow adults 21 and older to buy marijuana and have up to six marijuana plants, but no more than three plants at a time could be mature.

Public use of marijuana and driving under the influence would remain illegal, but the measure would expunge criminal histories and return driver’s licenses and professional licenses that were revoked for marijuana-related crimes.

Counties could tax marijuana sales up to three percent and use the funds for afterschool programs, children and youth services, district attorney offices, and public defenders.

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