Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry is still in its infancy, with the state placing strict legal and financial requirements on those seeking to produce and sell the drug. Given the drug’s therapeutic promises, however, it’s hoped and expected that the wary public will come to embrace it.

Meanwhile, legislators in Harrisburg continue to futz around with the state’s systemic budget shortfall, refusing to either place a severance tax on natural gas extraction, or engage in any sort of pension reform. Instead, they and other state officials look west at the revenue windfall that legalized recreational marijuana has brought to states like Washington and Colorado. Could this be the answer to the state’s financial woes?