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New bill to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge certain records introduced

A new bill has been introduced to the house that looks to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Commonwealth.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new bill looking to legalize recreational marijuana is on its way to the house. It's the latest string of bills looking to bring legal weed to Pennsylvania. 

State Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) has introduced an updated legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. 

The legislation would also expunge records for people with non-violent related offenses. 

House Bill 2050 focuses on the legalization of pot with accompanying social and criminal justice reforms. Last year over 600,000 Americans were arrested for minor marijuana offenses. 

Rep. Wheatley said his bill would provide relief on the already over stressed criminal justice system, while eventually strengthening the commonwealth's growth. 

"We should help provide some relief for those individuals, and potentially hopefully, those individuals will stay here, work here, be productive citizens here," said Wheatley. 

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In 2018, Wheatley introduced something similar. However, this bill clears up a lot of uncertainties from the previous piece of legislation. 

He believes State Legislators need to enact popular legislation directed to helping make Pennsylvania a better place. He adds, we can do this by passing cannabis legalization and more. 

House Bill 2050 would take a portion of marijuana profits to help disadvantaged populations and would go to social programs like-- student loan forgiveness and affordable housing. 

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