COVID-19 and legalizing marijuana
Karen Berger, PharmD, Medical Writer
In the news this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is calling for legalized adult recreational marijuana sales. Wolf says that Pennsylvania needs the tax revenue to help small businesses as the economy struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolf suggested that the state would run the dispensaries.1
At around the same time, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a budget proposal. However, despite previously mentioning recreational marijuana sales could bring in $80 million per year, Murphy did not mention the topic in his proposal.1
In November, New Jersey residents will vote on legalizing marijuana for adults, a vote which is expected to pass.2
On August 25, Governor Wolf tweeted: “I’m calling on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana, with the revenue going to:
Small business grant funding
Restorative justice programs
At the same time, we must pursue policies that restore justice for individuals convicted of marijuana-related offenses.”3
New Jersey Governor Murphy retweeted Wolf’s tweet, commenting, “I applaud @GovernorTomWolf’s call for the legalization of adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania. This November, I hope the people of New Jersey will correct a historical wrong and vote to legalize adult-use marijuana – a long-overdue step to balance the scales of justice.”4
As healthcare professionals who realize the importance of cannabis for a variety of medical conditions, the team at MyCureAll is pleased to see that government officials are starting to realize that cannabis can benefit patients. We continue to advocate for our patients, working towards getting medical cannabis covered by insurance.
- Nj.com Pennsylvania governor calls for legal weed to fix money woes. Murphy leaves it out of his budget address. Available at https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2020/08/pennsylvania-governor-calls-for-legal-weed-to-fix-money-woes-murphy-leaves-it-out-of-his-budget-address.html Accessed August 26, 2020.
- Nj.com 68% of N.J. voters likely to approve legal weed ballot question, new poll shows
Available at https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2020/07/68-of-nj-voters-likely-to-approve-legal-weed-ballot-question-new-poll-shows.html Accessed August 26, 2020.
- Governor Tom Wolf Twitter page. Available at https://twitter.com/GovernorTomWolf/status/1298265399469850633 Accessed August 26, 2020.
- Governor Phil Murphy Twitter page. Available at https://twitter.com/GovMurphy/status/1298349790300983302 Accessed August 26, 2020.