HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE-WYOU-TV) Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday that the Commonwealth is missing out on more than half-a-billion dollars
per year in revenue by not regulating and taxing marijuana — money that could fund
critical initiatives that affect Pennsylvanians’ lives.
He spoke to a crowd gathered at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
“This is an issue that makes sense on so many
levels,” DePasquale said in a release from the PA Internet News Service.
“From reducing opioid addiction to criminal justice reform; creating jobs and bringing in hundreds of
millions of dollars in recurring revenue.“We can use that revenue to invest in kids,
invest in healthcare and save taxpayer money.”
In July, DePasquale released a 14-page special report, “Regulating and Taxing
Marijuana,” which compiled national research data, which showed that an average
of 8.38 percent of Pennsylvania adults (21 and older) currently, use marijuana at least
monthly — a total of 798,556 adults