For Immediate Release
September 3, 2020
HARRISBURG - PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for the General Assembly to legalize recreational marijuana.
“We recognize the fiscal pressure facing the Commonwealth due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the economy; however, we caution against rushing into substantial policy changes – such as widespread legalization of recreational marijuana – without appropriate consideration of the impact on Pennsylvania’s workforce and business community. Pennsylvania legalized marijuana for medical purposes only a few years ago and employers report significant confusion interpreting how they’re expected to manage medical marijuana among the workforce. It stands to reason lawmakers ought to at least address issues with the medical program before authorizing this massive expansion.
“We urge elected officials to focus on policies that will remove barriers to growth and help to jumpstart the economy. Job creators have been clear about what policies are needed to help their business survive, including tax and regulatory reform, infrastructure build out and liability protections against unwarranted pandemic-related lawsuits. These pro-growth policies will help the business community navigate the uncertainty brought by the pandemic, while at the same time setting Pennsylvania on a course to increase our competitiveness and improve our business climate going forward. A thriving private sector will in turn lead to more robust tax revenues for the Commonwealth.”
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