Today I reached the current month of February in my 2021 quest to catch up on the last few months of news. Therefore, it was only recently that I got to the following.
The lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania was hanging a marijuana flag (along with a rainbow flag) at the capitol building in December. He signaled his public support for the legalization of recreational marijuana, but first thing's first: Medical marijuana is already legal. What happened to medical marijuana?
An ounce of weed is about $350 on the street. Legal cannabis is no cheaper without health insurance than weed is on the street. The lieutenant governor was hanging the marijuana flag, but the governor -- his political partner -- reallocated $20 million in medical marijuana taxes to fill a hole in the state budget. The law permits the state to use that revenue to subsidize the cost of marijuana prescriptions for needy patients. Apparently, it didn't.
That said, what is the lieutenant governor's support for what's already legal -- medical marijuana? And by extension, what is Gov. Wolf's?
A comment on "Pa.'s Lt. Gov. Fetterman continues to display marijuana flag from Capitol office, despite state law" (J. Murphy)
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