Lt. Gov. Fetterman Launches Pennsylvania Listening Tour, Tests Social Climate for Statewide Marijuana Legalization - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Lt. Gov. Fetterman Launches Pennsylvania Listening Tour, Tests Social Climate for Statewide Marijuana Legalization

Pennsylvania began accepting applications for its medical marijuana program in 2017.

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    What to Know

    • Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is taking Pennsylvania's pulse on whether to legalize marijuana.

    • Fetterman is going on a statewide listening tour. Gov. Tom Wolf says it's important to explore the subject.

    • Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature has been hostile toward legalizing marijuana.

    Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's statewide marijuana listening tour is starting in central Pennsylvania as he aims to take Pennsylvania's pulse on whether to legalize the drug.

    Fetterman's scheduled to appear Monday evening at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and then Tuesday evening at the Newport Public Library in Perry County.

    Gov. Tom Wolf says it's important to explore the subject, now that states along Pennsylvania's borders are moving toward legalizing marijuana.

    Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature has been hostile to the idea. Of the 10 states that legalized marijuana, nine did it through a voter-sponsored referendum, but Pennsylvania law allows no such direct access to the ballot.

    Fetterman supports legalizing marijuana. Previously, Wolf had said Pennsylvania wasn't ready. Pennsylvania is one of 40-plus states that legalized some form of medical marijuana.