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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Stopping In Newtown To Hear Opinions On Recreational Marijuana

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman listens as a man speaks at the first stop on his statewide listening tour on possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in February. Credit: PA Internet News Service

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is coming to Bucks County to hear opinions on the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat from the western portion of the state, will bring his listening tour to Bucks County Community College’s Zlock Performing Arts Center in Newtown Township on Wednesday, May 15. The listening tour will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The tour started in February and has hit 46 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties as of last week.

Fetterman said earlier this year that he wanted to make sure all residents have a say on the issue.

Both New Jersey and New York are moving toward legalizing recreational marijuana. They would join Alaska, Colorado, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Washington, and Vermont.

Just over 55 percent of Pennsylvania voters are in favor of marijuana legalization, according to a 2017 poll by Franklin and Marshall College.

Pennsylvania’s auditor general has called for recreational marijuana legalization. He stated Pennsylvania could collect $581 million a year in taxes from it.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said in 2018 that the state is not yet ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana. Earlier this year, he said he was interested in the feedback Fetterman would gather from around the state.

Pennsylvania already has a medical marijuana program that provides for legal marijuana use for certain medical problems. A number of dispensaries began to open in 2018, including Beyond / Hello in Bristol Township.

Residents unable to attend in person can submit their feedback online.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001