The potential legalization of recreational marijuana use in Pennsylvania is a subject being bandied about in Harrisburg, but local officials aren’t so sure it’s a good idea.
Currently, 10 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
“Regulating and taxing marijuana would bring in at least $580 million in revenue annually,” an official tells Butler News. And that revenue could be used for purposes beyond the state budget. Saying “Perhaps this new revenue could be used to bolster opioid treatment and provide greater access to health care for veterans”
A recent Gallup survey revealed that nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States favor legalization at the national level.
Sheriff Mike Slupe said he has concerns about the legalization of recreational use.
“It is proven to be a gateway to other, more potent forms of drug use” saying that legalizing marijuana is a “bad idea that he would be against”
Slupe said he can’t picture residents using marijuana in public places as others go about the business of daily life. (Slupe must not walk down the street much in Butler)
Slupe worries about increased driving under the influence cases and public safety work for already-busy police in the county as well.