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PA House Democrat Wants To Sell Legal Cannabis In State Liquor Stores

PA currently has 600 state-owned liquor stores

If Pennsylvania does legalize recreational cannabis, a union-friendly Democrat from the Philadelphia suburbs wants to give consumers a one-stop shopping experience.

On Wednesday, Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, rolled out a plan that would not only legalize recreational marijuana for people aged 21 and older, it would also allow cannabis to be sold through Pennsylvania’s more than 600 state-owned liquor stores.

All revenue would be deposited into the state’s General Fund, where it could be allocated for any number of projects. At a Capitol news conference Wednesday, Delloso suggested property tax relief, school funding, or social justice causes as possible beneficiaries of the roughly $581 million expected windfall.

The number comes from a 2018 report by Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. He proposed a 35 percent sales tax on marijuana in his report.

Delloso said he’s hoping that state-controlled marijuana sales would mean less exploitation of workers and communities.

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