And we’re back with Broad + Liberty’s Candidate Spotlight Series! Each week, we reach out to candidates all across the Commonwealth up for election to public office — an equal number of Democrats and Republicans; incumbents and challengers. We ask one question per week about public policy pressing to you. Those who choose to respond will have their answers shared on our website every Wednesday through Sunday.
Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s nominees for Governor discussed the nuances of marijuana legalization. Today, their running mates weigh in.
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This week’s question: As of this writing, nineteen states have legalized the full recreational adult use of marijuana, and legislation has been presented in PA’s General Assembly to make it twenty. Would you support legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania? Why or why not?
Austin Davis (D)
Continuing to criminalize adult personal marijuana use is not only a waste of our resources, but also hurts our minority communities and holds our economy back.
As State Representative of an old steel town, I worked to reclaim former mill sites for new uses, such as helping PurePenn, a medical marijuana grower, come to McKeesport. By connecting an old steel mill to a new and growing economy, we created hundreds of good-paying jobs, revitalized our community, and helped more working families succeed.
Pennsylvanians have no time for outdated laws. We must use all our resources to boost our economy and make Pennsylvania a more attractive place to do business. That’s why Josh and I will work to regulate and tax marijuana responsibly and ensure that this new business is directly helping Pennsylvania workers, rather than subsidizing out-of-state companies.
Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R)
Carrie Lewis DelRosso chose not to respond this week.
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