Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman Announce Report, Next Steps After Adult-Use Recreational Marijuana Tour

first_imgGov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman Announce Report, Next Steps After Adult-Use Recreational Marijuana Tour September 25, 2019 Press Release,  Recreational Marijuana Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman today held a press conference to announce the final report from the Lt. Gov’s statewide recreational marijuana tour and proposed next steps as a result of input from thousands of Pennsylvanians who attended a listening session or submitted input via an online form.“The Lt. Gov. made good on his promise to visit all 67 counties to hear from Pennsylvanians about whether or not they support the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana in the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “And among the many who voiced their opinions, the majority supported legalization.”In addition to the public and media, all local elected officials were invited to each tour stop. By a show of hands, a majority of attendees supported legalization in all but a handful of counties. Key takeaways from the tour are included in the report.The report is comprised of two sections. The first section examines the volumes of correspondence received through an online form hosted on the governor’s website, remarks made, and comment cards received at tour stops, and all other comments received by the lieutenant governor’s office in various formats.It includes a county-by-county breakdown of support and opposition, including the most common arguments received for and against legalization during the tour.The second section highlights positive and negative results of legalization among individual states where recreational marijuana has been legalized.Lt. Gov. Fetterman said he appreciates the comments from thousands of Pennsylvanians he met during the tour, and those who forwarded their comments through the online form and via other means.“We’ve heard you, and this announcement today is our earnest effort to bring about the changes you’ve told us you want,” Fetterman said.In addition to announcing the report, Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman called for three actions:1. Asking the legislature to get a bill to the governor’s desk that decriminalizes non-violent and small cannabis-related offenses.2. Seeking a path to restorative justice through the expungement of past convictions of non-violent and small cannabis-related crimes.3. Calling on the General Assembly to seriously debate and consider the legalization of adult-use, recreational marijuana.“We now know the majority of Pennsylvanians are in favor of legalization, and that includes me,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together, especially the criminal justice reforms I am proposing today, which will have an immediately positive influence on thousands of families across Pennsylvania.“Thank you again to Lt. Gov. Fetterman for conducting this important research, and to all the Pennsylvanians who took the time to attend a tour stop, write a letter or make a phone call to make their opinion known.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Watch This Parade of 55 Autonomous Cars Set a World Record

first_img Scientists Discover (And Climb) World’s Tallest Tropical TreeThe World’s Longest Dragon Boat Is a Sight to Behold Stay on target Will China win the race to a future of self-driving vehicles? Only time will tell, but when it comes to parades of autonomous cars, they have already won.A total of 55 self-driving cars built by Changan Automobile at a test track in Chongqing, China, set a record for the “largest parade of autonomous cars,” according to Guinness World Records.The record attempt was made in November 2018.AdChoices广告Traveling at 18.6 mph (30 km/h), the parade of red Changan vehicles took 9 minutes and 7 seconds to complete two-mile distance, with each car separated by no more than two vehicle lengths.“The drivers who participated in the test had no contact with the autopilot system at all,” Yang Guo, autonomous car engineer at Changan Automobile, told Guinness World Records.The carmaker originally planned to have 56 vehicles for the record attempt, but one safety driver was disqualified for briefly taking back control of the vehicle.For the attempt, Changan engineers altered the vehicles’ sensors to improve the car’s ability detect lane boundaries and the position of the car in front of them.The cars also drove closer together than in normal road conditions. This was done by reducing the cars’ object and event detection, and response in their dynamic driving task framework from 5 percent to 1 percent, because the controlled parade on a quieter test track has fewer variables than in normal road conditions.Changan is hoping the world record amplifies the company’s commitment to technology.“The artificial intelligence and new energy of automobiles is a very important trend in the future development of automobiles,” saidChangan Automobile’s Executive Vice President Tan Benhong. “As the world’s first brand to break this record, we will make more efforts in the field of intelligence.”More on Driverless Grocery Deliveries Have Arrived in ArizonaAutonomous Bar Will Drive Up and Mix You DrinksThese AI Wheelchairs Can Detect Movement and Watch for Obstacleslast_img read more