On ‘Radio Times’: Pa. Auditor General wants to legalize marijuana

(Brennan Linsley/AP Photo, file)

(Brennan Linsley/AP Photo, file)

Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale was on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane earlier today to make his case.

Medical marijuana is underway in Pennsylvania. Earlier this month, the state issued 12 licenses for growing marijuana plants to be distributed to patients with prescriptions from their doctor. The state Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, would like Pennsylvania to go even further and legalize, tax, and regulate recreational marijuana.

DePasquale was on Radio Times with host Marty Moss-Coane earlier today to make his case. By his math, the state could add $200-300 million to its coffers by adding a heavy tax to commercial weed sales. But his advocacy for legalizing is not just revenue-based, saying “the most failed war in the history of the United States is ‘the war on drugs.’” He went on to say “it’s just a better way to go about how we manage the issue of marijuana.”

To hear more, listen to the full interview on Radio Times.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.