Senate Aging & Youth Committee Examines Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Impacts on Children

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee convened a public hearing today to discuss the impact of adult-use marijuana legalization on children, Chairwoman Judy Ward (R-30) said.

“Pennsylvania has already legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but this would be a step in the wrong direction for the Commonwealth,” Ward said. “Before taking this step, I strongly believe that we must thoroughly vet all aspects of the issue including the potential impact of this decision on our children and young adults.”

Experts from law enforcement, addiction treatment, public health and youth organizations testified about the negative outcomes associated with legalized adult-use marijuana markets across the country.  Together their testimony painted a troubling picture of what could happen to our children and youth if a legal marijuana market develops in Pennsylvania.  Today’s hearing provided valuable insight that pushed back against the misconception of “harmless” marijuana.

“Today’s hearing was incredibly thought provoking,” said Ward.  “There are no doubt dangers associated with marijuana, and we need to be careful.  As an elected official it is my duty to take these dangers seriously and develop policy that promotes a safe and healthy Pennsylvania.”

The hearing in its entirety and submitted testimony can be viewed on the Senate Aging & Youth Committee’s website.


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