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Position on Marijuana Legalization

Governor Wolf’s administration oversaw efforts to create an expedited review process for pardoning those with past, low-level marijuana-related convictions. “These efforts to move more Pennsylvanians through the pardons process is part of a larger effort to do all that we can do to give people a fair second chance.” (Link)

Governor Wolf’s position with regard to cannabis legalization has evolved in recent years. In 2019, for the first time, the Governor expressed support for regulating adult-use cannabis activities.

After the completion of Lt. Governor Fetterman's Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour of 2019, Governor Wolf evolved on his public opinion on legalization. He is now a vocal supporter for legalization, and restorative criminal justice reform tied to any legislation.

Position on Medical Marijuana

Signed Medical Marijuana into law in PA in April 2016. Strong proponent throughout the process.


“I think it's time for the General Assembly to sit down and craft a bill that actually recognizes that Pennsylvania is ready for [legalizing marijuana], and also takes advantage of what we've learned from other states in terms of what to do and what not to do.” (Link) 2019

In late 2018, Gov. Wolf shifted his position toward one that is sympathetic to the merits of adult use legalization, tweeting: “More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, and we need to keep learning from their efforts. Any change would take legislation. But I think it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana.” (12/19/18) (Link)

Gov. Tom Wolf vowed to protect Pennsylvanians from what he called "backwards attacks" by the federal government on the state's new medical marijuana program.

Wolf's stance came following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that he is doing away with the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country. (1/04/18)

Although a supporter of medical marijuana, Wolf is still unsure about full scale legalization in Pennsylvania.

"I don't think Pennsylvania is ready for it," Wolf told NBC10 Wednesday. "I think that's important. This is a democracy and you can't move ahead of the electorate."

"How do you do it?" Wolf continued. "How do you regulate it? Who can buy it? How do you tax it?" (3/08/17) https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Governor-Tom-Wolf-Marijuana-Recreational-Medical-Pennsylvania-Revenue-Legalize-Philadelphia-415737843.html

Rather, Wolf has publicly expressed support for decriminalizing marijuana (3/7/17) http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/03/07/wolf-pennsylvania-not-ready-for-legalized-marijuana/

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