John Fetterman in Scranton for marijuana listening tour

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman listens to comments from the public on legalizing recreational marijuana at Penn State Worthington Scranton campus in Dunmore on March 2. (Jason Farmer, The [Scranton] Times-Tribune)

Update Sept. 30, 2019

From Lt. Gov. Fetterman's listening tour, 67% of Lancaster County residents say they're ready for recreational marijuana

Published March 18, 2019

In late January, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman started a listening tour across Pennsylvania to gauge the public's interest in the legalization of recreational marijuana. 

Today, he makes a stop in Lancaster. 

The open session with Fetterman is slated for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St. Local legislators and county commissioners have been invited to the event, which is free to the public.

Pennsylvania is among 33 states that have legalized medical marijuana. Only 10 have legalized recreational marijuana. Fetterman supports such a move, and Gov. Tom Wolf has sent him on a tour of the state to find out where citizens stand.

During Fetterman’s tour, proponents have cited the potential for additional tax revenue and the lessening of convictions for minor drug offenses as well as the potential health benefits of marijuana.

Opponents have questioned the health benefits of the drug while worrying about the wisdom of making potentially harmful drugs more acceptable to children. Plus, there’s the issue that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

Reporter Heather Stauffer is live-tweeting the event. Follow along with her below.

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