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Pennsylvania State Senator Prefiles Marijuana Legalization Bill, Pennsylvanians Approve

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director January 9, 2013

    Last week, state Senator from Montgomery County Daylin Leach announced his intentions to file legislation that would legalize the adult use of marijuana, in a way similar to the laws recently approved in Colorado and Washington.

    “I acknowledge that it may take a while, but like same-sex marriage,” stated Sen. Leach, “this will inevitably happen. Demographics and exposure will in time defeat irrational fears, old wives tales and bad science. This bill furthers the discussion, which hastens the day.”

    This legislation, if approved, would help halt the arrest of thousands of Pennsylvanians annually. Since 2006, 24,685 arrests were made for just marijuana possession at a cost of over 300 million dollars to the state’s taxpayers.

    “It is time for Pennsylvania to be a leader in jettisoning this modern-day prohibition, and ending a policy that has been so destructive, costly, and anti-scientific,” Sen. Leach declared.

    Pennsylvania has long been considered a bellwether state, so to see the issue at least being entertained in the state legislature can only be a positive sign of things to come. Let’s hope other elected officials in Pennsylvania join with state Senator Leach to support these sensible reforms.

    If NORML’s Take Action Center is anything to go by, the citizens of the Keystone State want it. In just the first 24 hours of going live, Pennsylvanians sent over 900 emails and letters to their elected officials urging them to support this legislation.

    If you live in Pennsylvania and want to join in the call for marijuana legalization, simply click here and you can easily send a prewritten email or letter to your elected officials telling them it is time to support legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana, not criminalize it.

    PENNSYLVANIANS: Click here to contact your representatives in favor of this bill today!

    Don’t live in Pennsylvania? There is already marijuana reform legislation filed in ten other states, with many more sure to follow in the coming days. Be sure to keep checking NORML’s Take Action Center to see if your state is one of them and to contact your officials!

    Together, we can NORMLIZE CONGRESS. Together, we will legalize marijuana.

    143 Responses to “Pennsylvania State Senator Prefiles Marijuana Legalization Bill, Pennsylvanians Approve”

    1. Closetsmoker says:

      The bud is rolling down a slope that is getting steeper by the day! We will soon see prohibition end……….

    2. Harry says:

      Please look up US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.
      With this patent on the books the government can no longer say it is bad and evil; now if the government tries to tell us that it is bad, we know it is not the truth…

    3. Seth says:

      I wish there was more I could do to assist in making this happen.

    4. […] Pennsylvania Representative Prefiles Marijuana Legalization Bill, Pennsylvanians Approve Last week, Montgomery County Representative Daylin Leach announced his intentions to file legislation that would legalize the adult use of marijuana, in a way similar to the laws recently approved in Colorado and Washington. “I acknowledge that it may take a while, but like same-sex marriage,” stated Rep. Leach, “this will inevitably happen. Demographics and exposure will in time defeat irrational fears, old wives tales and bad science. This bill furthers the discussion, which hastens the day.” This legislation, if approved, would help halt the arrest of thousands of Pennsylvanians […] […]

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      “…destructive, costly, and anti-scientific.”

      “…defeat irrational fears, old wives tales and bad science.”

      This guy tells it like it is.

      When the Republicans start crafting bills like this, we’ll know the time for change has come. Perhaps numbers like the $325 million wasted on pointless government spending will provide an incentive.

    6. sue says:

      If marijuana is medically legal in the capital of these United States, then why isn’t it medically legal for all of us?

    7. Juniata says:

      If this were brought to the attention of educational institutions like Penn State there would be a much higher awareness of what is happening in PA right now. The NORML website does have speakers that you can invite to give talks at college campuses or elsewhere but last I checked it wasn’t free. Are there any alternatives? I know there is a NORML chapter in Philadelphia but that isn’t where I live…

    8. jo says:

      make it legal pennsylvania were going to star wars.

    9. St. Nick says:

      I live in PA, not in his county but I WILL vote for him in 2014 if I see Leach on ballot. I never thought I’d see anything about PA on Norml. I thought Corbett would go on a ruination spree and basically stink up Pennsylvania. We have to take the power from him.

      VOTE IN EVEN # YEARS!!! 2014,2016,2018,2020…

      Take some puffs and keep this up. We’re toppling a 70 year propaganda campaign that originally said that Marihuana had it’s roots in hell, no medical value and’ll cause you to kill and various other BULLSHIT.

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