The mayor on Tuesday threw his help behind the governor’s name to legalize the drug for recreational use. Wolf’s proposal would have hundreds of millions of dollars in CARES Act funding in addition to extra tax income from the marijuana gross sales going to mortgage and grant packages for small companies impacted by Covid-19.
“If alcohol is being sold and sponsored by the state as it is, there’s no reason why recreational marijuana should not be in the same category as vodka and gin and whiskey,” Kenney mentioned.
Wolf relaxed restrictions on alcohol in 2016 after signing Act 39, and Pennsylvania’s alcohol gross sales have been breaking records and including extra money to the General Fund yearly since. Wolf’s latest proposal would additionally cancel or cut back the alcohol tax for six to alleviate the tax burden on eating places, bars and different hospitality companies.
Kenney mentioned the medical marijuana trade has been increasing in Philadelphia and different cities. Medical marijuana gross sales in Pennsylvania skyrocketed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with the quantity of marijuana offered since February topping the quantity bought within the earlier two years mixed, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. [Read more at Philadelphia Business Journal]