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State Auditor General rallies for pot legalization

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 28, 2018 8:01 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's Auditor General was among those leading the call for regulation and taxation of marijuana during a State Capitol rally last week.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says Pennsylvania only has to look to Colorado to see what the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana can do for a state. 

DePasquale believes Pennsylvania could see similar results by regulating and taxing marijuana.

"The conservative estimate in Pennsylvania is it would be a minimum of $200 million a year in new revenue.  That's money we could plug back into our school system, not have to worry about jailing people and at the same token help our economy grow because new businesses get created," he said.

And for those who worry about how legalization of marijuana would impact teens in Pennsylvania, DePasquale says following legalization of marijuana in Colorado, teen drug use is down. 

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