PA State Sen. Daylin Leach Didn’t Wait Till April 20th To Introduce Marijuana Bill

Montgomery and Delaware County state senator Daylin Leach has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana. We got glaucoma just thinking about it, but then we read that the bill was essentially a recreational bill along the lines of those in Washington and Colorado and our glaucoma cleared right up.

Leach has two cosponsors, both Democrats (out of 49 other state senators)  and knows that the bill is a long shot since some of those Pennsyltucky reps only support legislation expressly permitted in the Bible.

Undaunted, Leach points out that in 2006, (the last year with completed data) Pennsylvania made 25,685 marijuana arrests that resulted in $25.36 million in direct costs to PA taxpayers or, roughly, the cost of 42,267 eighths. That doesn’t even count the indirect costs such as lost tax revenue, and your stolen car stereo.

Leach has been making the talk radio rounds and giving press interviews as well, trying to speak the common sense that, “The average pot smoker today does not look like Jimi Hendrix, they look like Dick Cheney. We’re fighting for average American women and men to not risking landing in jail.”  He also points out that the PA state store system is a ready made infrastructure for distribution and keeping minors from accessing marijuana.

We’ll keep you posted on how this bill fares, but in a final irony, in as long as we can remember, this is the first piece of legislation to trickle back from Harrisburg that doesn’t make us want to smoke a bowl.

  • Michae

    Not to be a stickler, but I think $25.36million equates to 422,670 eighths – unless your eights cost $600 each!

    Legalize it!

  • mjalex

    Genesis 1:29-30 explicitly allows ganjafood.

    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

  • helvispresley

    $600 an 1/8th?
    you are either bad at drugs or bad at math.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JumpToGoGreen Michelle Moyer Bailey

    I support the legalization of marijuana and hemp.

    And here is why.

    Some quick history, and you know the
    old saying for history, “History always repeats itself”. So with that said.

    Here are the facts I found thanks to Wikipedia:

    Prohibition of alcohol: The Repeal of Prohibition in the United States was accomplished with the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933.

    Great Depression: A steady decline in
    the world economy had set in, which did not reach bottom until 1933.

    Okay this is happening right now “AGAIN”,
    it’s just not “that bad” “yet”. So before we all end up like that again.
    Legalize Marijuana!!!! That simple.

    Pennsylvania made 25,685 marijuana
    arrests that resulted in $25.36 million in direct costs to PA taxpayers.

    If they legalize marijuana and hemp, they could tax that, not the taxpayer and bring billions of jobs back, here in the United States. Marijuana
    and hemp farming. With marijuana they can tax it like alcohol and hemp, the
    possibilities for hemp are almost endless, rope, paper, cloth. Bring factory
    jobs back to the United States.

    We won’t get rich overnight but look back at history, after alcohol prohibition ended it was right at the peak of The Great Depression. By the 50’s and 60’s things were booming. Ever look back at them old pictures, everyone seemed so happy and carefree. People could afford to live the American Dream. Now people are slowly suffering and losing everything all because we are taxed to death, everything goes up but your pay check, people who lost their factory jobs to outsourcing to other countries, seniors are choosing over heat, food or their prescriptions and the retiring age keeps going up (now 70), families are loosing their children to foster care cause they lost everything and are now homeless, they stopped cash assistance for disabled people,” what about the veterans that are now disabled? Because you sent them to war but we won’t take care of you that your disabled”, people are losing faith in the so called American dream.

    I hope and pray they come up with a solution to our counties financial problems, because history “IS” slowly repeating itself. Marijuana and hemp would be a good place to start.