While Pennsylvania businesses still struggle under operating restrictions imposed by the Wolf administration, the governor has asked the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana. He’s tried this before, but he stated, “My hope is that with the pandemic and the hit we’ve taken to revenues, there might be a little more interest in it now.”
While you might think there are more pressing issues for PA residents at the moment, the governor is looking at the money and he has plans to take the revenue from legal pot to add:
… even more money to the programs that Pennsylvania residents and businesses would need to get back on their feet after the Covid-19 hit to the economy.
Wolf wants money to fix what he broke
In other words, he continues to hold back struggling businesses in the state with an emergency declaration which he refused to lift when he ignored the legislature, but now wants the legislature to cooperate with him to legalize pot to get money to give to those same businesses he’s still stifling. He could lift his restrictions instead and businesses would begin to recover on their own, but it’s clear he wants to remain in charge of who succeeds or fails.
Tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana would add to the state’s small business funding and half would go to historically disadvantaged businesses, according to Wolf’s proposal. Some state revenue would also go to restorative justice programs.
Wolf is using the current emergency as an excuse to advance his progressive agenda and hopes you won’t notice. He’s also hoping you won’t notice the DOJ’s investigation of his handling of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania’s nursing homes.
It’s one more example of why the public holds politicians in such low regard .