Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces bill to legalize recreational marijuana

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A state lawmaker has introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) said his proposal, House Bill 2600, would allow adults 21 or older to possess cannabis products such as edibles and up to six cannabis plants, but not more than three mature plants that are flowering.

The bill does not make it legal to use cannabis publicly, nor to drive under its influence.

Wheatley said his measure also calls for the immediate release of people jailed for marijuana crimes.

“Those who have criminal histories related to cannabis would be expunged, and professional and driver’s licenses that were revoked or suspended due to cannabis-related crimes would be reinstated," he said in a statement. "For far too long, the criminal justice system has unfairly punished Pennsylvanians, especially minorities, who are caught with cannabis.”

Wheatley said his bill would impose a tax that could generate an estimated $500 million a year.

He launched a petition in August to support his then-pending legislation. So far, the petition has 8,222 signatures.

The petition can be viewed here.

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