Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Wolf said in an interview on Tuesday that he thinks marijuana should be decriminalized.
In the interview with Chanel 11 Wolf explains why he thinks marijuana should be decriminalized.
“I believe, for a number of reasons, that we ought to decriminalize marijuana use. I think our prisons are over-crowded as a result of people going to jail for reasons that, you know, we break up families for reasons that we shouldn’t,” Wolf said.
“We destroy lives and we make it hard to find employment. So often right now possession of a small amount is a felony and an employer looks at that and dismisses (the person) automatically.”
“The legalization of medical marijuana — I think we ought to allow doctors to prescribe. They’re the experts,” Wolf said. “We ought to allow them to prescribe the treatments that they feel are best fitted to the challenges facing the person.”
The Pennsylvania state Senate’s bill legalizing medical marijuana has landed in a House committee that is headed by a Republican who opposes the authorization of any drug without the federal government’s approval first.
House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker said Friday that he has no plans to take up the Senate’s medical marijuana bill, or any other medical marijuana bill.
“I think we all need to continue broad, open conversation. This isn’t something we should just whisper about. There’s a lot of information and there’s more and more coming. And I’m just trying to make sure that democracy does what it’s supposed to do, and that is foster a very full and robust conversation so that when we make our decisions, whenever that is, we’re all in the position to have as much information as we can,” Wolf said Tuesday.