Although a measure to legalize recreational cannabis in Pennsylvania has a chance to pass the state Legislature, lawmakers said they first need to discuss which system (private or state-run) would be more appropriate to commercialize cannabis statewide, per a local news outlet.

What Happened

Last week, PA Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) proposed legalizing and taxing recreational cannabis as part of his 2023-2024 budget request. The government budget, an estimated $188 million in annual cannabis revenue by 2028, proposes to impose a 20 percent tax “on the wholesale price of [cannabis] products sold through the regulated framework of the production and sales system, once legalized.”

However, those who oppose legalization harshly criticized the governor's proposal. “There’s …

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