Philadelphia voters are sending a clear message to lawmakers, strongly approving a referendum on marijuana legalization as a growing number of state senators and representatives are stepping up their push to get the reform enacted across Pennsylvania. The measure adds a section to the city charter saying 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.” Preliminary results on Tuesday evening showed the proposal leading by a 73 percent to 27 percent margin, with 96 percent of electoral divisions in the city reporting. While multiple Pennsylvania cities, including Philadelphia, have enacted local ordinances decriminalizing low-level cannabis possession, legislation to enact broader reform statewide has consistently stalled. The City Council responded by placing a referendum on the local ballot with the hopes of further motivating the legislature to move ahead with legalization.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 11/02/2021 22:49:00

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