As a Republican senator who spent more than two decades in law enforcement, it may come as a surprise to some people that I have circulated a co-sponsorship memo outlining my intent to introduce legislation legalizing adult-use marijuana in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For decades, marijuana has been used by adult residents in the state, but such use has financially benefited and perpetuated organized crime, gangs and cartels. The street-level marijuana sold by these organizations is often laced with illicit drugs and toxic additives, and these criminals have been responsible for violence, mayhem and murder across our state and country. Pennsylvanians deserve not only safe neighborhoods, but for those who choose to use marijuana, access to a safe and trusted product.

Sen. Mike Regan represents Pennsylvania’s 31st Senatorial District, covering parts of Cumberland and York Counties.

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