Representatives in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania have taken new steps towards having recreational marijuana legalized.
People in both states took steps to begin the process of having marijuana legalized for adult use on Monday.
Pro-cannabis group, Green the Vote announced that they acquired nearly 134,000 signatures on their petition to have adult use legalization on the ballot in November.
The acquired nearly 10,000 more than the required amount needed by August 8, but they still need to be verified before the matter can be passed to the ballot.
This comes a month after Oklahoma voters voted to legalize medical marijuana, answering State Question 788.
After the approval, those who were in opposition added restrictions, which included the prohibition of smokable medical marijuana.
However, on Friday the Oklahoma Board of Health revised the regulations for the medical marijuana program, which removes many of the restrictions previously added.
State Representative Jake Wheatley announced his plan to present a new marijuana legislation.
Unlike Oklahoma, Pennsylvania isn’t just working toward legal adult-use cannabis, but also attempting to reform drug policy.
The new election of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney has already altered the way the marijuana cases are being handled.
In Pittsburgh Mayor Pill Peduto has teamed up with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to advocate promote cannabis as a replacement for opioids.
Wheatley’s legislation would erase criminal records for non-violent, misdemeanor marijuana convictions.
He has stated that the time has come for Pennsylvania to get rid of this stigma associated with cannabis.[share-btn]