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PA Going to Pot? Marijuana Should Be Legalized, Local Legislator Says

State Sen. Daylin Leach drafted a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach (D-17) has 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.

Mr. B February 12, 2013 at 02:31 AM
This needs to happen. Way safer than alcohol. Millions in taxes. Harrisburg could get out of debt. Funding for roads and educations. Make new jobs and products. Police can focus on bigger issues and make the communities safer. Way more pros then cons.
Mr. B February 12, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Also help me to live with my Lyme disease.
Zac bayless February 12, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Well here is my point of view I think that we should at least have medical marihuana because we have more people dieing because drunk driving and alcohol poison then marijuana use tell me one person who died from marijuana at least legalize marijuana for medical reason for chronic pain
Mr. B February 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Also helps me to live with my Lyme disease.
JC March 06, 2013 at 11:19 AM
I'm all for legalizen marajanua , where do I vote! I've seen so many lives ruined from poison cigarettes and alcoholism and perscription drugs that harm the body and these things are legal! You smoke alittle pot ,ur a criminal it's totally ridiculous! I hope PA will put an end to this sooner than later!!!

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