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Thousands speak out on recreational marijuana

Deb Erdley
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman holds a gavel after he was sworn into office on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Thousands of Pennsylvanians have filed online comments in response to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s call for feedback on the pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Officials said Fetterman, who recently launched a 67-county statewide listening tour to gauge public sentiment on the issue, drew a crowd of more than 250 people during a stop in the middle of a snow storm Monday.

While Harrisburg was the first official stop on Fetterman’s tour, Western Pennsylvanians got a jump on the tour when Fetterman spoke at a previously scheduled event in Pittsburgh on Jan. 24.

Pennsylvania is among 33 states that have legalized medical marijuana. Only 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, a move Fetterman has long endorsed and Gov. Tom Wolf has said should be considered.

Interest in the concept, which state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimated could net Pennsylvania $500 million a year in new tax revenue, appears to be widespread. An online feedback form , designed to take comments from those unable to attend a listening session had spurred more than 12,000 submissions as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said.

Fetterman is scheduled to head west now, where listening sessions have been scheduled in Cambria, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie, Greene, Juniata, Warren and Washington counties.

“We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say,” Fetterman said.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.