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Marijuana Should Be Legalized, Local Legislator Says

Daylin Leach, who represents Plymouth and Conshohocken, drafted a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

 

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach (D-17) drafted a proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older, according to PoliticsPA.

“Prohibition is a cruel irrational policy which is destroying lives, costing us billions of dollars and is doing no good whatsoever,” Leach said.

The bill is in its early stages, waiting for co-sponsors and to be referred to an appropriate committee.

Leach believes his legislation would receive bi-partisan support because it could save roughly $325 million in “criminal justice costs,” and it would add privacy for citizens.

State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-202) previously proposed legislation to legalize the use of medical marijuana, and will re-introduce it again this session.

Cohen supports full legalization of the drug, but "believes his framework for legalizing medical marijuana is a more realistic goal in Pennsylvania"

Leach says he is confident that his bill legalizing marijuana, or a similar version of it, will pass due to the changing demographics of the state.

For more information, read the PoliticsPA article here.

Katie February 05, 2013 at 02:05 PM
$325? Hundred ? million?
FlyingTooLow February 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM
We all know that someday, soon, this prohibition will end. I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. The memorable day that I met with the parole panel, I asked, "When pot becomes legal, what will my 5 years spent in prison have meant?" Their response, "That is a very philosophical question. We don't deal with philosophy in this office." Case closed...go back to your cell. When the 5 years were gone, I walked out and never looked back. But, I know to this day, there are thousands of Americans still rotting in jail over a plant. I wrote about the escapades that led to my imprisonment...my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review.
FlyingTooLow February 05, 2013 at 02:51 PM
I am not here to regulate other people's lives...nor do I need other people trying to regulate my time here on earth...so long as I bring no harm to my fellow man or his property. With all of the rhetoric surrounding the marijuana debate, the concept most overlooked: Freedom of the individual. “…over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign”.” — from the essay On Liberty by John Stuart Mill What happened to, "This is a FREE country"? That is what we have been telling the rest of the world for decades. Please, let us live up to it. Lead by example.
FlyingTooLow February 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM
My guess is 'million.'
Patrick Shane February 05, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop. However, marijuana remains untaxed. This is a new source of income for our nation, an income we desperately need. Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors have shared their opinion in supporting the removal of prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit. Marijuana prohibition is costing America upwards of $20 billion annually. The hemp industry would not only create jobs, it would free up court time and jail space for real criminals among many other benefits. The list could go on. Sign the petition in the video description. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tUy6fylQs
FlyingTooLow February 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
@Patrick Shane... Hear ye! Hear ye! Well said, Sir.
The Matrix February 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Considering Federal law supercedes the state law legalizing it within the state means NOTHING
FlyingTooLow February 05, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I think it is a sad day in hell when American citizens need be concerned by Federal agents knocking on their doors...or worse, breaking them down. What has happened to our 'free' country?
Shermtank February 28, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Civil war. Our country's excellent at fighting not only useless wars, but also totally counterproductive. The same politicians who are so againt us constantly receive donations from the Pharma companies who's products are destroying our citizens. Thanks a million guys, Land of the Free- ??

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