Pennsylvania governor’s ‘ambitious’ budget proposes legalizing marijuana for revenue

Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA) revealed his 2024-25 budget proposal Tuesday in which he plans to invest $48.3 billion in the state’s substandard public and higher education system and legalize marijuana for adult use. 

To increase revenue, Shapiro’s proposal would include legalizing adult-use marijuana, claiming that the industry could provide $250 million more in annual revenue. It would also allocate $5 million toward restorative justice and cleansing people’s records who were incarcerated for marijuana.

Other key elements of the proposal include distributing $1.1 billion to K-12 schools to remedy underfunding and inequity after a court found that the state’s school system was unconstitutional due to discrimination against poorer schools. Shapiro unveiled a plan last month to inject $200 million into improving Pennsylvania’s higher education system after it was ranked 49th in the country. The budget proposal did
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