Senator Street / Senator Leach
Adult Use Cannabis Bill
Pennsylvania lawmakers discussed the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana during a joint Senate and House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Monday. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), a reform advocate who is leading a statewide listening tour to get feedback on the...
Pennsylvania is getting ever closer to legal recreational marijuana but policymakers still face tough questions about what this potentially multi-billion-dollar industry would look like. In December, Gov. Tom Wolf signaled he’s open to it after years of ambivalence...
The listening sessions have come and gone. So what comes next? More listening. A 67-county listening tour to gather feedback about adult recreational marijuana already came to Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties, attracting well over 500 attendees...
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- As the topic of legalizing recreational marijuana grows in the Keystone State, college students are taking a closer look at Senate Bill 350. If approved, it would make pot legal for all adults 21 and older. "I feel like if you do it...
Senate Bill 350 would make marijuana use legal for adults over 21, expunge arrest records for some drug offenses and earmark tax revenue for education. Pennsylvania could join a growing number of states legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults if a bill...
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania senators unveiled the details of a cannabis legalization bill that, compared to the more restrained bills being considered elsewhere, is striking in both its scope and progressive approach. The bill, SB 350, set to be introduced by...
Two state senators will soon introduce a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, marking the second time this year such a bill has surfaced in the Pennsylvania legislature. Sens. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, and Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, revealed...
Pennsylvania is slowly boarding the recreational marijuana train. In recent months, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’s open to it. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he wants to visit every county to talk about it. And soon the state will have a fresh opportunity to legalize it.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two state senators are working on legislation that would fully legalize marijuana for adult use. In a statement released on Monday, Senators Daylin Leach and Sharif Street say after more than 60 years of prohibition, marijuana is still widely...
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two Pennsylvania senators have proposed a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in the state. WHTM reports that Sen. Daylin Leach and Sen. Sharif Street on Monday circulated Senate Bill 350 to colleagues for co-sponsorship.
The bill will:
End the destruction caused by cannabis prohibition.
Establish a rational and fair protocol for the legal sale, consumption, taxation and regulation of cannabis.
Enable those who have been harmed by prohibition to get out of prison and expunge their criminal records.
Provide opportunities for people of all income levels to enter the cannabis industry.
Cannabis Possession and Consumption
Anyone who is at least 21 years old may consume cannabis.
Households may grow up to six marijuana plants at a time for personal use.
Consuming cannabis in public is prohibited, but regulation will allow businesses to permit cannabis
consumption on their premises including the opening and operation of cannabis lounges.
The state and municipalities oversee licensure of cannabis growers, micro-growers, processers, dispensaries, public consumption lounges, and deliverers.
There will be macro-licenses for larger grow operations. While there will still be both financial and regulatory barriers to entry, the barriers will be lower than the current medical protocol, including eliminating universal seed-to-sale tracking and reduction of testing requirements.
Current medical license holders will, in addition to the operational and branding head-start they already enjoy, will be automatically given licenses to participate in the adult-use space as well.
Anyone who meets the regulatory requirements shall receive the permit for which they applied. The application process is not regulatorily competitive, but will be economically competitive and there is no limit on the number of adult-use permits the state may distribute.
The current medical licensing protocol will be unaffected, with the existing requirements, barriers to entry and limits on licenses remaining in place.
As part of the social justice component of this bill, mico-licenses shall be obtainable. These micro licenses are designed to enable people from underserved and distressed areas which have been harmed by prohibition to gain opportunities in the cannabis market, even if are not already wealthy.
Micro licenses shall be available for growing only, not for dispensing or processing.
Micro license holders shall only be permitted to sell to the “grid” meaning already licensed agrowers and/or dispensaries.
There shall be three tiers of micro-licenses, with each ascending tier having higher entry requirements and allowing the growing of increasing numbers of plants, with the goal of proving a ladder for competent micro-growers to move up in the industry.
There will be three tiers of mico-licenses available.
Tier one license holders can grow up to 12 plants at a time, anywhere they wish including their own home. They shall be required to take a course and complete whatever additional compliance required by regulation.
Tier two license holders shall have additional testing and reporting requirements and may grow up to 40 plants at a time.
Tier three license holders will be required to have a grow facility and shall have other additional obligations set by regulation. They may grow up to 150 plants at a time.
The bill’s taxation of the cannabis industry balances the need to undermine any illegal market and the needs to both pay for regulation of the industry and invest in those harmed by prohibition.
The majority of the tax revenue goes toward increasing the state’s public education subsidy, which is distributed to school districts according to the state’s 2016 fair funding formula.
- School districts may at their discretion use this funding increase to invest in their school districts or reduce local property taxes in whatever proportion they wish.
The statewide cannabis business institute provides at no cost to the public a training program that will teach people how to grow and process cannabis, how to comply with state and federal cannabis laws, and how to start and run a small business. Those who choose to complete the training program may apply for state grants and interest free loans, which they can use to start their own cannabis businesses.
All criminal convictions for a) possession of cannabis, b) possession of cannabis paraphernalia, c) possession with intent to deliver or delivery of under one ounce of cannabis, shall be automatically expunged.
People serving a prison sentence solely related to one of the above-enumerated marijuana offense receive commutations, and all probation, parole or other supervision related to these offenses shall be ended.
Pending Criminal charges related to cannabis shall be dismissed.
State regulators require retailers selling vape pens to run recycling programs for the vape pens.
The state certifies cannabis businesses that meet specific environmental standards and publicize the certifications to incentivize businesses to participate.
Seed to sale tracking of each adult-use cannabis plant is no longer required.
Home delivery of cannabis is allowed.
Colleges and universities may grow and process cannabis for the purpose of offering classes related to the cannabis industry.