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PA State Senator Daylin Leach Formally Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill Today in Harrisburg

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 11, 2013

    Today, Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach will formally introduce a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in Pennsylvania.

    “This past November, the people of Washington State and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana,” said Leach. “It is time for Pennsylvania to be a leader in jettisoning this modern-day prohibition, and ending a policy that has been destructive, costly and anti-scientific.”

    “NORML applauds Senator Leach for taking this important step forward to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition in his state. Pennsylvania has long been considered a bellwether state that sets the precedent for politics across the country, as such it is both exciting and encouraging to see the Keystone State take up this crucial dialogue,” said Erik Altieri, Communications Director for NORML, “Marijuana prohibition costs the state of Pennsylvania over 300 million dollars a year in enforcement costs and tens of millions a year in lost potential tax revenue, while doing little to keep the substance out of the hands of children or lower use rates. It is time for a new policy that works for the state and its people. We encourage all of Senator Leach’s colleagues in Harrisburg to join him in this call for rational marijuana laws.”

    Speaking at Monday’s press conference will be Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Dr. David Nathan, a clinical associate professor from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

    The press conference will be aired live online here at 2pm EST on February 11th.

    If you live in Pennsylvania, you can easily contact your state representatives and tell them to support this legislation by visiting NORML’s Take Action Center here.

    Senator Daylin Leach will be the keynote speaker at the NORML Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, you can purchase your tickets to that event by clicking here.

    NORML will keep you updated as this important reform effort moves forward in Pennsylvania. For further information, please visit PhillyNORML or Pittsburgh NORML’s websites here and here.

    95 Responses to “PA State Senator Daylin Leach Formally Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill Today in Harrisburg”

    1. St. Nick says:

      Thank God! I was born in Harrisburg and my grandparents lived in Camp Hill. I’ve gone on joint rides in the heart of Harrisburg and smoke in SC PA now. Would love to go to a store and buy it safely and not from some shady gangster people.

      I am voting Leach if he’s in my county. Go Steelers!

    2. Freedom says:

      The only obstacle is Tom Corbett….

    3. any mouse says:

      This is such an outdated prohibition. In these times where our CAPITAL can’t fill its potholes and is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy we need to get real with our spending. 300 mil on catching the marijuana boogeyman is laughable anymore.

    4. David Ware says:

      I am really starting to feel that finally we are getting down to some common sense in this country. No more prison for a substance that is patently safer than the legal substances out there.

    5. Lindsey says:

      Legalizeeeeeeeeeeee!!

    6. Anonymous says:

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

      Tell it like it is.

    7. MpR says:

      After watching the speech on the link provided in this article…I applaud Senator Leach on his and the other speakers insight and knowledge on legalizing MJ. He does know what he is talking about. And I love the fact that he said that just making it medical use is certainly not enough. It needs to be legal, regulated, and distributed like alcohol. People can grow their own within limits ….but it is finally going to be a reality…….Finally.

    8. I have broken my back .had major surgery . Knees been reconstructed 8 times getting to b replaced. Elbow reconstructed twice . Pills r the worse drug there is . To many does afects. My favorite. Is suicidel thoughts. Fda aprooves thus . Pot does way better . Calms the nerves,relaxes the muscles. All natural. If done right millions can b made. And everyone can benefit from it . I know I have the tats . U can only get from a scalpel.

    9. Duane Jones says:

      Please legalize, but keep out of the grubby hands of the PLCB.

    10. Mike says:

      Weed should not be a crime! It is absolutely time we legalized marijuana!

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