Recently, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, MP Jake Wheatley, told the press that by the end of the week he would present a bill to the regional legislature with a plan for the full legalization and settlement of recreational cannabis in the state. According to the politician, on the main points, the new project will meet the standards of reform adopted in other fully legalized regions of the country.
“By next Monday, I’ll submit to the lower house of the Pennsylvania Parliament bill number 50, which legalizes recreational cannabis for all adult residents and visitors to the region, if it is successfully adopted. In addition, the draft text will also contain provisions aimed at rectifying the injustices associated with the years of the strict criminalization regime, ”notes Wheatley Mystery in his Twitter account .
In particular, the project provides for automatic amnesty for all residents of the state who have previous criminal convictions related to the possession or consumption of marijuana, as well as people still serving sentences under these articles. In addition, previously convicted persons will be reinstated in lost rights: citizens who have suffered from hemp convictions will be returned permits to manage various types of transport, service licenses, and the right to participate in various social programs of the regional and federal government.
Unfortunately, despite the inclusion of such social amendments in the text of the law, it will not contain provisions on the legalization of cannabis consumption in public places.
Also, judging by the tweets, a special adjustment bureau will be created on the territory of the region, which will certify different types of hemp business and regulate their activities.
Finally, the developments of the law suggest directing proceeds from market taxation to financing various social and infrastructure projects, starting with standard ideas, such as building new municipal schools and helping homeless people, and including more original projects, such as using part of the amount collected for a “debt amnesty” to young citizens who have major obligations on educational loans. The law provides for municipalities and state districts the right to increase the tax rate on local cannabis markets, with the aim of generating more profit to finance such projects.
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Among other things, in his tweet, Mr. Wheatley spoke positively about the state governor, Tom Wolfe, saying that it was his open support for hemp reform that prompted the deputy to create a legalization bill.
“Like many other citizens of Pennsylvania, I applaud the decision of Governor Wolfe to support the legalization of cannabis, and I hope that he will help adopt this reform by the end of this year,” said Wheatley in an official press release .
“The citizens of Pennsylvania have already made it clear to the authorities that they are not opposed to the implementation of hemp reform,” said Mr. MP. “Having listened to rational arguments in favor of legalization and drawing attention to the experience of other regions, citizens understood that the settlement of the cannabis market would be beneficial for our society and the regional economy. It is time for politicians still skeptical about reform to realize that this reform is an investment in the future of our society, not a threat to its existence.”
Back in August of last year, Wheatley became the author of an online petition in support of the consideration of a draft on legalization in parliament, citing several arguments in support of reform in the text of the document .
“In general, hemp reform has a lot of significant advantages for the economy and society of our region, while not having noticeable negative effects,” Wheatley told reporters . “Besides the fact that we can save several tens of millions of dollars on the work of the justice system, the regulated marijuana industry itself will generate approximately 580 million tax profits per year, which will be more than enough to close the holes in the regional budget.”
It should also be recalled that at the end of 2016, the state of Pennsylvania, with the filing of Governor Wulf, legalized medical cannabis. Formally, the therapeutic plant market opened in early February last year.