Philadelphia voters will get the chance to send their state representatives a clear message this November with a referendum on marijuana legalization on the ballot. While multiple Pennsylvania cities, including Philadelphia, have enacted ordinances decriminalizing low-level cannabis possession, legislation to enact broader reform statewide has consistently stalled. So the City Council has placed a referendum on the local ballot with the hopes of further motivating the legislature to move ahead with legalization. Councilmember Derek Green (D) sponsored the measure to put the cannabis question on the ballot, and it was unanimously approved by the Council and signed by the mayor in June. The resolution stipulates that “the citizens of Philadelphia call upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor to pass legislation that will decriminalize, regulate, and tax the use, and sale to adults aged 21 years or older, of cannabis for non-medical purposes.”

Marijuana Moment, 10/05/2021

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