Fetterman’s Recreational Marijuana Listening Tour Comes to Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is close to wrapping up his statewide listening tour on legalizing recreational marijuana in the Keystone State.

On Sunday, he stopped at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre and spoke with the community and took questions from the audience.

Fetterman's tour includes stops in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties to hear from people on both sides of the issue.

A bill has been proposed in the state legislature to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. So far, it has not been put to a vote.

For dates of upcoming stops, click here.

10 comments

  • Betsy Sayre

    I attended the town hall in Wyoming County on 5/3 and when questioned about the possible use of the tax revenue generated by the sales of recreational marijuana Lt. Governor Fetterman stated repeatedly that there was no legislation on the table yet, but that he was merely gathering information. That statement is patently false as HB50 was introduced by Rep Jake Wheatley back in February and is presently under consideration. Regardless of your position on the subject the Lt. Gov. is either ignorant regarding pending legislation or he was blatantly lying.

    • silencemdogood

      The only propaganda was the entire force of the US Federal Government using lies, deceit and scare tactics and incarceration on generations now gone, Cannabis was made illegal for power and money and control nothing else. The industry was booming in the early 1900’s and as science advanced, Hemp and Cannabis became a serious threat to very powerful and rich families in the US who controlled other mfg areas that was going to cut their profits by huge margins. In the very beginning they incarcerated farmers for growing. Then the Black and Hispanics for control, they made such vicious claims that using it made white women want to engage in sexual relations with minorities, they used racism, sexism, and manipulation to tax, then ban, then incarcerate and control, open your eyes Lisa and do some research on the history of Cannabis! It was used for thousands of years, and pure extracts were sold in pharmacys right over the counter with meds of the time like aspirin, until the US Federal Government got into starting the so called drug war, which was really a war on the american citizen for control and manipulation.

      It was so commonly grown by families, farmers, etc. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and the founder of Pennsylvania William Penn who, When William Penn founded Pennsylvania in 1681 he specifically intended for the Commonwealth to grow hemp. In 1683 one of the first laws passed by the General Assembly was a law to encourage every farmer to grow hemp. In 1685 Penn observed great quantities of hemp already growing in his province and proposed that hemp would be among the four staples of trade.

      Lancaster County’s original Hempfield Township was formed in 1729 and was named for the “vast quantities of hemp raised there”. Between 1720-1870 there were over 100 water-powered mills for processing hemp fiber in Lancaster County alone with dozens more in all of the surrounding counties and hundreds throughout the state. Kentucky did not grow hemp until 1775 and it took many years for the state to take the lead from Pennsylvania.
      From 1681 until around 1840 the culture of hemp was nearly universal in Pa. There were many different factors that caused the decline of the industry here, most notably the introduction of cotton as well as the introduction of tobacco. However hemp was still common in the state for the next 70 years, flourishing in some places and on a smaller scale in others.
      Around 1907 experiments were begun in the area of Hanover and over the next few years hundreds of farmers in the counties of York, Adams and Cumberland participated in a hemp revival. Most of that hemp was used by the Hanover Cordage Company in the manufactures of rope and twine.

      It can be proven conclusively that hemp grew throughout Pennsylvania into the late 1930’s and several unconfirmed reports that hemp was still being cultivated here in the 1940’s. Some anecdotal reports say that farmers in rural districts grew hemp up until around 1970.

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