The firebrand lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania—a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization—announced on Friday that he is formally exploring a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022.
In a phone interview prior to the Senate announcement this week, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) spoke to Marijuana Moment about his push to legalize cannabis in the state, plans to potentially issue mass pardons for prior marijuana convictions and his decision to hang a new cannabis flag at his Capitol office in defiance of a opposition from Republican lawmakers.
If he succeeds in a Senate run, it could help solidify the Democratic majority in the chamber with a member who champions marijuana reform. He would be replacing Sen. Pat Toomey (R), who is not seeking a third term but who has expressed openness to advancing legislation to protect banks that service the cannabis industry as the incoming chair of the Banking Committee.
On his campaign website, Fetterman touts his role in leading a listening tour across the state to solicit public input on legalization. He noted that, following his efforts, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) “announced his support for legalization for the first time.”
In a tweet on Friday, the lieutenant governor pledged “Legal Weed for USA + ending the War on Drugs.”
Every one of PA’s 67 counties matter.
Forgotten communities + neighborhoods must be rebuilt.
2nd Chances + redemption + reimagining criminal justice reform.
Legal Weed for USA + ending the War on Drugs.
Pennsylvania needs a United States Senator that knows this is True too.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) January 8, 2021
He also touted his work to “legalize weed for jobs, justice, veterans, farmers and revenue” in a fundraising email.
New: In an email he’s about to send to his supporters, Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says,