As Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program moves closer to becoming a reality, a state official sees legalizing the drug for recreational use as the solution to financial issues.
In his role as Auditor General, DePasquale devotes time to making sure revenue collected by the state is spent in a responsible manner. He sees regulating and taxing marijuana for recreational use as providing the state with a dependable revenue stream.
DePasquale points to a recent poll that revealed nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvania voters favor legalizing marijuana in the state. Plus, the move could have the added benefit of helping to combat the state’s opioid epidemic.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the federal government could return to a policy of strict enforcement of federal law which prohibits possession, distribution and cultivation of marijuana.