Cannabis Supporter Fetterman Cruises to Primary Victory in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s pro-cannabis Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on the U.S. Senate campaign trail. (AP photo)

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination for the state's open U.S. Senate seat by a 59% margin in the primary on May 17. He defeated Conor Lamb and Malcolm Kenyatta.

It's unclear who Fetterman will face in the general election. The Republican race, with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick separated by several thousand votes, is too close to call.

Fetterman's election would help the Democrats hold the Senate. It's considered one of the key races in November.

To add even more drama to the primary vote, Fetterman suffered a mild stroke on May 13. Diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, he had a pacemaker implanted and is still hospitalized in Lancaster.

Fetterman has established a reputation as a fierce cannabis advocate. Both he and Gov. Tom Wolf support adult-use legalization in the Keystone State. However, they have not been able to convince the legislature to act.

"New Jersey just voted to legalize weed and 40% of Pennsylvanians live like 20 minutes or less from the border," he said in 2021. "Why should New Jersey make all that tax revenue, but not Pennsylvania? In fact, we could raise $5 billion in the next 20 years through a weed tax. Legal weed is an opportunity to create jobs and support our farmers. It would be an economic boon at a time when we could badly use a break."


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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