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Pro-Legalization State Senator Daylin Leach Looks to Take Advocacy to Washington, DC

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director June 18, 2013

    Senator Leach Talks Marijuana Policy with National NORML Comm. Director Erik Altieri and PhillyNORML Comm. Director Joe Forte - Photo: Ellie Paisley

    Senator Leach talks marijuana policy with National NORML Comm. Director Erik Altieri and PhillyNORML Comm. Director Joe Forte

    Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of marijuana law reform during his tenure in Harrisburg. Senator Leach made a splash legislatively this year when he introduced Senate Bill 528, which would legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana in Pennsylvania, the first time such a bill was introduced in the state.

    Senator Leach was also featured as the keynote speaker at the first ever NORML Mid-Atlantic Conference which was held this March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can view video of his remarks here.

    State Senator Leach is now looking to take his advocacy to Capitol Hill. He is running for an open seat representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives that will be vacated by Congresswoman Alison Schwartz, who is stepping down from her post to pursue the governorship in 2014. While the Democratic Primary for this position won’t be held until May of next year, Senator Leach’s campaign is already kicking into full gear and he is emerging as an early favorite in the race. In a statement released to NORML, Senator Leach has made clear that he intends to continue his fight for marijuana legalization while serving at the federal level:

    “We have spent billions of dollars nationally investigating, prosecuting, incarcerating, and monitoring millions of our fellow citizens who have hurt no one, damaged no property, breached no peace. In 15 years marijuana prohibition will be some quaint thing of the past that will be the subject of exhibitions at the Constitution Center. People will think it’s crazy that it was ever illegal. As State Senator in Pennsylvania I introduced legislation to end this costly, failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization and regulation. If elected to the United States House of Representatives I will continue to fight for rational marijuana policies at the national level and work to bring an end to this discriminatory, ineffective prohibition.” – Pennsylvania State Senator and NORML PAC Supported US House Candidate, Daylin Leach

    We need more passionate supporters like Senator Leach in Washington, DC. As public opinion swings further in the direction of full legalization everyday, we can only hope Senator Leach’s candidacy, and his potential future terms in the House of Representatives, inspires more of his colleagues to join him in the fight for reforming our country’s marijuana laws. With more federal elected officials who can speak as articulately about the problems of our failed prohibition and the benefits of moving to a legalized, regulated system as Senator Leach, we will see reforms occur at the federal level sooner rather than later.

    To learn more about Daylin Leach’s campaign, you can visit www.votedaylin.com or his Facebook here.

    15 Responses to “Pro-Legalization State Senator Daylin Leach Looks to Take Advocacy to Washington, DC”

    1. Ben says:

      An injection of much needed wisdom into this mess.

      Good work to all involved.

      Keep working towards legalization,
      and keep backing NORML – IT’S WORKING.

    2. TheOracle says:

      Sweet! I welcome that, and will contribute what I can afford to his campaign, as well as voting for him since I live in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State is a 1 ng/ml state, and the anti-drugs groups hold sway, groups such as Momstell.org (Moms Tell), Drug Free America Foundation, individuals such as Katie True who carry a hell of a lot of political clout and have an ax to grind against anything that goes easy on a controlled substance. Schools are getting money from Drug Free America Foundation to spew forth their propaganda, and that of other prohibitionist organizations. It’s just too bad that pro-cannabis legalization groups aren’t as well funded so as to make grants available to schools and parent-teacher groups about legalizing cannabis to reduce the power of violent cartels and street gangs, while removing kids blackmailing their kids who smoke pot for whatever and also removing some parents who let or even encourage their kids to smoke before they are adults just so their own kids won’t rat them out Nazistyle.

      I don’t see immigration reform happening before cannabis legalization because if you legalize immigrants before that, then those who are here living off an underground income will see that income dry up after cannabis legalization. Then they are legal and may potentially be a drag on the social safety net and the issue of their legality will not prevent that, presumably. For Republicans and other who advocate self-deportation, if the money source dries up first because of cannabis legalization, there’s more of a chance they’ll go back to their home country, presumably Mexico, compared to if you give them blanket amnesty or something similar like before.

      And so the dog and pony show of immigration reform continues. Watching the pols in tv is, at times, rather entertaining.

      Good luck, Daylin.

      I welcome the notion of you adding your voice to that of Barney Frank (kiss, hug, kiss, I love Barney Frank!), Jared Polis, and even Dana Rohrabacher.

    3. TheOracle says:

      Ahem, correction, I meant earlier removing kids blackmailing their parents …

    4. Kevin Beck says:

      You can’t stop a movement. Keep up the good work Senator Leach and the good folks of NORML. You’ve had my support and will continue to do so for as long as your cause remains just.

      “Each person is their own nation; and any threat to any nation’s life, liberty, or freedom is a declaration of war”

      -me

    5. AshburnStadium says:

      Many of those illegals would be working in the now-legal cannabis fields. Many illegals already work in agriculture, so it would be an easy transition. Cannabis agriculture should remain as jobs for Americans and those who came here legally.

    6. Fireweed says:

      Boy he said it all. With science coming out about all the health BENEFITS and when someone takes note of the apparent correlation between loosened marijuana laws and decreased traffic incidents, and if science is correct in showing marijuana’s protective properties against obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, someday maybe we’ll be seeing public service announcements encouraging people to smoke their daily joint!

    7. Fireweed says:

      I’m not even a PA resident and I wanna send this guy money

    8. Armand says:

      Bring the next MidAtlantic conference to NYC!!! Stage it in a park and let it be open for anyone who has the desire to attend. Ive met Keith Stroup outside city hall when NORML hosts the St. Patrick’s Day SAFER demonstration. Occupy was happening down the street and I thought to visit my friends with NORML!

    9. CR says:

      I just visited his website…it is amazing that he is a politician actually working for his people. Here is the thing there will always be black market sales, but who knows about quality. Don’t you think it would be easier for law enforcement to get to the dealers once it is legalized? It’s just like moonshine police still look for those people.

    10. Galileo Galilei says:

      Kudos to the senator.

      I remember reading that Pennsylvania could gain tax revenues of $50 million under a regulation scheme and save $300 Million in efforts to enforce prohibition.

      The sequester and run away government spending–There is no greater waste of our tax money than marijuana prohibition.

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