Fetterman’s ‘marijuana legislation listening tour’ coming to Somerset County

February 28, 2019

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania is coming to Somerset County next week.

Fetterman will hold a session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the North Star High School auditorium, 400 Ohio St., Boswell. All state representatives, state senators and commissioners have been invited to attend, according to Fetterman’s office.

Tour stops are open to the public. Those who are not able to attend or who are interested in remotely leaving a comment about legalizing recreational marijuana may submit comments via an online submission form available on the governor’s website at www.governor.pa.gov and the lieutenant governor’s official Facebook page.

In January Fetterman said that he would visit all 67 counties in Pennsylvania in an effort to gather input on legalizing recreational marijuana.

“Starting in mid-February, I will be traveling to all 67 counties to listen to everyone’s thoughts whether they agree with this initiative or have recommendations,” Fetterman said in a release in January. “We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say.”

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has said that it is time for Pennsylvania to take a “serious and honest look” at legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016, and Wolf stressed that any proposal for legalizing recreational marijuana would need to be implemented after the medical marijuana program is fully implemented.

“John’s efforts will help ensure we are looking at this issue from all perspectives and from every corner of Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “We both want to make sure the voices of all Pennsylvanians are heard.”