Lt. Gov. Fetterman kicks off pot listening tour

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John Fetterman is sworn in as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor by Superior Court Judge Judge Deborah Kunselman on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.(AP/Matt Rourke)

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 11, 2019:

He was described as “America’s coolest mayor,” while in the top spot in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Now that he occupies the state’s second highest leadership position, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is labeled as “unconventional.”

Fetterman clearly doesn’t fit the mold of a mainstream politician. At 6′ 8″ he towers over everyone, and his laid-back personal style belies the importance of his role as Governor Wolf’s right-hand man.

While he may not reflect the image of most elected officials, that hasn’t stopped the 49-year-old John Fetterman from rising in the political hierarchy.

Governor Tom Wolf recently tasked the newly-elected Fetterman with gauging public opinion on legalized recreational marijuana. Fetterman begins a 67-county listening tour Monday in Dauphin County. You can view scheduled stops on the lieutenant governor’s Facebook page.

Both Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman believe it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious look at legalization. Medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania in 2016.

Fetterman is a Democrat who campaigned for Lt. Governor on progressive issues like social equality and racial justice. He appears on Smart Talk today to discuss the listening tour and other priorities now that he is in office.


Lt. Gov. John Fetterman