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.