Grower, dispensary in Schuylkill County support governor’s call to legalize recreational marijuana; law enforcement … – 69News WFMZ-TV

POTTSVILLE — Kelsey Leone can answer, without missing a beat, why she thinks Pennsylvania should legalize recreational marijuana.

“There’s so much potential,” she said.

After hearing news of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $48.3 billion budget address on Tuesday, in which he pushed for legalizing recreational marijuana, Leone said that staff members at the Beyond Hello medical marijuana dispensary in the city have been abuzz.

Shapiro proposed legalization as a new tax revenue stream, similar to neighboring states like Ohio, New Jersey and New York. It’s a concept many in the industry have been pushing for, Leone said.

As the general manager of Beyond Hello, Leone said that she thinks the success the store sees can easily translate into the state’s economy.

“Here, I get told often, ‘Are you ready to double your staff?’ ” Leone said. “So jobs are going to be available. Money is going to be made.”

On a busy day, Leone said the dispensary on North Centre Street sees around 500 to 600 patients, but recreational business could double that. In a year, she said, the store generates around $10 million.

“It’s going to eliminate people having to travel,” Leone said. “So many people are like, ‘Oh, I go to Jersey,’ or go to

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