New Jersey has legalized weed. Here’s why Pa. may take a different path.

November 5, 2020

New Jersey voters this week legalized recreational cannabis. Without Republican support, it’s unlikely that the Keystone State will follow anytime soon.

“As long as we’re in the middle of a declared opioid emergency, we shouldn’t be legalizing another drug,” said Jason Gottesman, spokesman for Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R., Centre). “On top of that, revenue projections are that it will only bring in about $200 million a year and that money would only go to new spending.”

“The only thing that really won Tuesday night was cannabis,” said Adam Goers, vice president of corporate affairs at Columbia Care, a multistate marijuana grower and retailer. “It was the only thing voters could agree on.”