Pa. senator to introduce bill to legalize marijuana

2013-01-09T13:14:00Z Pa. senator to introduce bill to legalize marijuanaThe Sentinel The Sentinel
January 09, 2013 1:14 pm  • 

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania, according to a news release from his office. The bill is currently circulating for co-sponsoring.

“This past November, the people of Washington State and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana,” Leach said in a statement. “Other places, including California, have had de facto legalization for some time. This week, I will introduce legislation which would have Pennsylvania join these other states in ending this modern-day prohibition. My bill will legalize the consumption of marijuana for adults over the age of twenty one, without regard to the purpose of that consumption.”

Leach previously introduced a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana by eligible patients in the state.

In a statement to the media, Leach said the current marijuana policy is costly, citing the billions of dollars spent “investigating, prosecuting, incarcerating and monitoring millions of our fellow citizens who have hurt no one, damaged no property, breached no peace.”

Leach said that marijuana is “less dangerous than beer, less risky than children’s cough syrup, less addictive than chocolate and whose social harm comes from its prohibition rather than its use.”

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  1. Patrick
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    Patrick - May 16, 2013 11:13 pm
    I am so sick of seeing MY TAX money WAISTED on Locking up Pot smokers.
    Really People Do you think you can stop a person from Growing a plant??
    Fact is NO YOU CANT and if you think you can,More power to You.
    DO NOT USE MY TAX MONEY TRYING.TO DO SO.You are kicking a dead horse.
    And costing the state income from SALES TAX
  2. michael
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    michael - April 29, 2013 9:08 am
    Last thing I want to worry about is if the guy in the heavy equipment rolled up a fatty and ate a bag of chips at midnight. If you need to get wasted to calm yourself, maybe you have and issue, hmmmmmmmm?
  3. CarlisleGirl
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    CarlisleGirl - April 26, 2013 3:48 pm
    Well, I almost never agree with Michael on here, but this time I do. If you have had someone close to you suffering the effects of addiction (which affects the entire family), you will oppose anything that encourages it by making access, and therefore abuse, easier. This includes tobacco, alcohol, and gambling. Wants vs. needs, folks. We have an obligation to our brothers and sisters here, I believe.
  4. michael
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    michael - April 26, 2013 12:40 pm
    Well, I for one say no. I really don't want to worry if the guy in the crane or driving the heavy equipment at work was up half the night listening to "Wheel in the Sky", and eating a bag of chips. What a lot of you need is to have to deal with a child or spouse who was locked in addiction. You'd have a very different view of what you see as harmless recreation. If you need a drink or a fatty to get through the day, maybe there's a problem......ya think?!?!?!
  5. RaySampsin
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    RaySampsin - April 25, 2013 7:34 pm
    Regardless of whether it should or shouldn't be legal, I am deeply saddened that with a failing economy, starving children, problems in education, etc. that time and money is being wasted on this issue. There are more pressing manners than whether or not you can buy pot at your local gas station. Come on folks.
  6. Asteve333
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    Asteve333 - April 20, 2013 9:41 am
    I would rather see actual criminals in prison rather than a few people who either smoke or sell marijuana. It is not addictive, it has proven health benefits, it makes people exponentially calmer in a more than unsettling world, it cures an unbelievable amount of cancers without all of the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, it cant be used to the point of an overdose, and its a lot safer than any alternative recreational substance on the face of the earth including alcohol and cigarettes!!
  7. Asteve333
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    Asteve333 - April 20, 2013 9:37 am
    Actually, If you did some research, they have found that it does not lower your I.Q at all. In fact it further activates neurotransmitters which relay the information back and forth through your brain. Basically...it is the oil for your transmission.
  8. Arielh2
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    Arielh2 - January 14, 2013 11:05 am
    Don't know how many drug dealer's that have lobbyists, but the alcohol industry is another story. They will lose market-share, plain and simple. That said, I do agree with the idea. It's not an addictive substance, it's ridiculous that it's illegal. And the money wasted on prosecuting small time pot operations is ludicrous. Tax it and make money off of it. I mean look at the amount of taxes on cigarettes and liquor, especially in PA.
  9. pekingirl
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    pekingirl - January 12, 2013 11:46 pm
    People think it's the alcohol industry that wants pot to remain illegal NOT TRUE It's drug dealers who make money because it is a black market product. Also, it's true that law enforcerment and "The System" make bundles as well. Having a drink out and getting a legal buzz would make everyone happy.
  10. observer13
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    observer13 - January 11, 2013 11:12 am
    You have '69mmm' in your username and you're talking about low IQs...?
  11. cosmicmom
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    cosmicmom - January 11, 2013 7:58 am
    I'm with you, vinoman. Time for legalization.
  12. JFeg69mmm
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    JFeg69mmm - January 10, 2013 8:34 am
    Finally the IQ of people in PA will drop even more
  13. vinoman1953
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    vinoman1953 - January 09, 2013 8:13 pm
    Finally, a pol that gets it! Would love to see him succeed, but the hypocrites owned by the alcohol industry will ensure otherwise.
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