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Legalizing marijuana for recreational use could provide Pennsylvania with $581 million in tax revenue a year, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.

That’s almost three times as much as the $200 million DePasquale said the state missed out on annually when he called for legalizing marijuana in 2017.

The auditor general said the higher estimate comes from the number of Pennsylvanians who say they smoke marijuana, along with estimates from other states about how much marijuana users spend on the drug.

More than 8 percent of Pennsylvania adults admit they use marijuana recreationally despite its status as an illegal drug, DePasquale said.

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