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State Senator proposes legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania

State Senator Daylin Leach, a Democrat representing Montgomery/Delaware Counties plans to introduce legislation that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. The bill is currently circulating for cosponsorship. Leach previously introduced a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana by eligible patients in the state.

Here is Leach’s letter on the subject:

This past November, the people of Washington State and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana. Other places, including California, have had de facto legalization for some time. This week, I will introduce legislation which would have Pennsylvania join these other states in ending this modern-day prohibition. My bill will legalize the consumption of marijuana for adults over the age of twenty one, without regard to the purpose of that consumption. Here’s why:

For the past 75 years, our marijuana policy has been foolish, ill-conceived, costly and destructive, and it must end.  We have been waging a “war on drugs” that includes treating the use of Marijuana as a matter for the criminal justice system. We have spent billions of dollars investigating, prosecuting, incarcerating and monitoring millions of our fellow citizens who have hurt no one, damaged no property, breached no peace. Their only “crime” was smoking a plant which made them feel a bit giddy.

People across our Commonwealth have spent time in prison, lost time at work, been forced to hire lawyers and had their lives disrupted and sometimes destroyed because they used a product less dangerous than beer, less risky than children’s cough syrup, less addictive than chocolate and whose societal harm comes from its prohibition rather than its use.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in 2006, an average year, 24,685 marijuana arrests were made in Pennsylvania at a cost to the taxpayers of $325.36 million. Each year we not only waste a similar amount, we leave several hundred million dollars on the table in taxes that we do not collect because marijuana is illegal, rather than regulated and taxed. Aside from the moral issues involved, we simply can no longer afford the financial costs of prohibition.

Further, prohibition of marijuana has done what it did in the case of alcohol in the 1930s. It has created a dangerous black market with violent and bloody turf wars that kill many people in our country and elsewhere. The original prohibition brought us the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The modern prohibition has brought us gun battles in the streets between drug cartels. The murders associated with the sale of alcohol ended with prohibition. The same will be true of marijuana.

To be clear, under the terms of this legislation marijuana would be a regulated product, treated in a way similar to how alcohol is treated. It will still be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, behave badly while publicly intoxicated or to sell it to minors.

Further, like alcohol, legalization and regulation will make marijuana safer.  People will no longer have to buy it on the streets from criminals who may have laced their product with other dangerous drugs. People buying legally will know exactly what they are getting and be able to rely on the safety of what they are purchasing.

The sad history of prohibition is that marijuana was legal, and in fact the most prescribed drug in that nation until the late 1930s. At that time, it was targeted by those who had an economic interest in removing it from the market. Today, prohibition is supported by myths, misconceptions and old wives’ tales that no longer stand up to scientific scrutiny.

For example, in response to my bill, Governor Corbett said he opposed it because he “believes” marijuana is a “gateway drug”. But science has clearly established that this is untrue. Well over 90 percent of those who use marijuana never go on to use harder drugs, and the percentage of people who do use hard drugs and had previously used marijuana is no higher than the percentage who had previously only tried beer.

The facts are that unlike alcohol, you simply cannot overdose on marijuana. Unlike alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is not physically addictive. Studies have shown that people on marijuana are much less likely to behave violently or recklessly than people who are drunk. And while breathing a hot gas into your lungs certainly isn’t good for them, marijuana smokers on average smoke far less often than tobacco smokers. There is simply no way that marijuana does, or ever can, come close to killing the 1,100 people per day that tobacco does.

Yet despite all of this, you can drink and smoke tobacco freely. But if you smoke marijuana, you are a criminal and can go to jail. This horrific policy must end. People around the nation are realizing that. And it is a moral imperative that Pennsylvania wake up and end prohibition now.

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78 Comments to “State Senator proposes legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania”

    hdkrazee said:
    January 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    PA SHOULD legalize medical marijuana! MANY people with diseases would benefit from the medicianl properties of marijuana. It would also be great for the economy. PA needs to join the rest of the nation in entering into the 21st Century! Anything that can be done to ease the after effects of chemotherapy, decrease pain levels, or aid the patient in any way, should be made available.

      Joe said:
      January 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I don't think legalization of marijuana would help your grammar.

        ken said:
        January 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Perhaps not, Joe but it sure will buy some votes from just the right constituency. Stupid and stoned always works.

        Bob said:
        January 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        His grammar was fine maybe you should learn the difference between that and punctuation?

          Kevin said:
          January 10, 2013 at 4:39 AM

          they need to smoke apparently. People like you need to chill, bro. Tired of you uptight asses.. If marijuana was legal , you would be smoking too. just because your jealous that your work drug tests doesnt mean now you have to look down at the people who enjoy their lives.

      Guest said:
      January 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      This bill is not to legalize "medical" marijuana, it is to legalize marijuana in general, just like alcohol, as it is stated in the 7th paragraph. It says that he previously introduced a bill to legalize it for medical purposes, but that is not the case this time.

    heather said:
    January 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Although the pros outweigh the cons, we wont see this bill passed anytime in the near future. PA is close-minded. And just because it will be legalized does not mean your corner dealer will stop selling. Minors wont be able to purchase it without an I.D. so they will still have to “street shop”. I agree with the fact that it is costing taxpayers money to arrest, and imprison offenders at outragous measures, but that wont be enough to change people`s minds.

      ken said:
      January 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Right, Heather. Minors never get heroin, crack and booze either. Dream on. Have a vigil if it makes you feel better. Start paying attention (when you're sober enough) to the ages of recent drug shooting and murder victims.

      Guy said:
      January 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Your corner dealer would stop selling if he were smart and just grow and harvest it as a legitimate business….

        daniel said:
        January 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Pa is not close minded. We have some of the best statutory rape laws. Age of consent is 16 when in other states its 18 and 17 and some 16 too. We also have it where if the person is 14 or older then the so called "rapist" can say that he OR she didnt know. So Pa is not close minded.

      BRIAN said:
      February 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      IT WONT EVER END ILLEGAL SALES BUT THERE WILL BE LESS VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD THINK BOUT IT I KNOW MANY DRUG DEALERS THEY WOULD QUIT DEALING IF IT LEGAL CAUSE THERE NOT GONA MAKE ANY MONEY ND THERE GOES SOME VIOLENCE OFF OUR STREETS IN THE NEAR FUTURE PLUS ALCOHOL RELATED VIOLENT ACT WILL ALSO FADE AWAY

    Canibus Lector said:
    January 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I believe that this is the start to something great, a new era per say. By legalizing Marijuana in Pennsylvania our state will not only benefit from the immense decrease in prison rates, but will also help ease the pain of many ill individuals. Marijuana does not have to be smoked in order to benefit from its miracle chemical of THC, it can also be cooked and extracted so one never has to inhale smoke. It is mind blowing to think that a substance such as alcohol has been legalized for some time now, even though it has extremely harmful side effects such as death and marijuana is illegal (even though there are no proven cases of over dosing, or over consumption).

    Talkin100 said:
    January 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    YES!! Great report, PA should move forward with this even if its just for the money.

    tone said:
    January 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    It is only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized in PA, and I agree this may be the first needed step. Their are simply too many of us that grew up in the 70's, 80's, and 90's that know the myths about marijuana were fabricated by overzealous politicians. I find it hard to believe that anyone could be fool hardy enough to argue it is more dangerous than alcohol. Perhaps if by "more dangerous" they mean you may over think scenarios in sitcoms or eat an entire bag of funions. Imagine the 21-25 year old bar crowd all ingesting pot brownies rather than doing shot after shot of liquor. Their would be far fewer bar fights, nobody would sing along to Journey (because they would be far to focused on understanding the meaning to the lyrics), and the bars would sell much more food. I might actually start going to bars again.

      rosie said:
      January 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      All mind altering drugs should be illegal!

        Brad said:
        January 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Rosie, are you talking about manufactured pharmaceuticals (with all their side effects like death), like the ones a doctor prescribes?
        Or do you mean plants that grow in nature that have been with mankind for tens of thousands of years……you want nature made illegal?
        Rosie, you'd rather have politicians legislate you what you can do peacefully with your own consciousness using a plant grown in your garden, and enforce it at the point of a gun?

        plead the 5th said:
        January 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Stop drinking then…

    Brad said:
    January 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    This is wonderful and I hope it gains traction here in PA. What would be even better is letting our farmers grow HEMP. A crop that is the most renewable sustainable source of food, biofuel, fiber and medicine and rebuilds a healthy soil, grows without herbicides, pesticides, and doesn't require Monsanto.

    thia said:
    January 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    bla bla bla

    Annoyed said:
    January 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    booo.. you are a jerk

    Evan said:
    January 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    So, I guess rosie believes alcohol and tobacco should be illegal as well. These alter the mind equally if not more then marijuana.

    Betsy Fields said:
    January 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    definition of a drug is very simple. a drug is a man made man controlled and man produced pot is all natural god given plant. anyhow damn near every treaty signed by the white man to the Indian was sealed by smoking the peace pipe how about that.

      steve gemmill said:
      January 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      pay-o-tee. kinda like salvia i believe is what they indian supposedly used to convince settles or travlers to buy trade or deal with them in a good mood.

    Guy said:
    January 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I know plenty of people that do not partake but still see the financial gain. You are just ignorant.

    Dave said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    The move forward is a good thing, the problem is corbett, he will veto it as he stated before. Impeach him, and all people for tax breaks, more state income, and the freedom to light up vote someone who wants this to the position. Daylin Leach I elect you.

    Bradshaw said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    As a man with Bipolar disorder, I am more volcanic, violent and withdrawn without marijuana…

      trollolol said:
      January 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      i bet….or is that just what therapists tell u

    steve gemmill said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    weed is not the gateway drug alcohol is and i should know iam an alcoholic/drug abuser. trying new and diff ways to carve this craving. and like chocalte everything is good for you you need know your limit thats all fellows ………………………..dont drink, smoke delta skunk

    Greg said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I think what Talkin100 ment was even if people don't agree with the legalization of it the income and jobs it would create would be worth passing it.

    Guest said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Ok, after reading a few comments I don't think anyone really got the idea of what this bill is for. It is not for medical marijuana – it is for legalizing marijuana – period. Just like in paragraph 7, it states:
    To be clear, under the terms of this legislation marijuana would be a regulated product, treated in a way similar to how alcohol is treated. It will still be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, behave badly while publicly intoxicated or to sell it to minors.

    It also says in the 1st paragraph that he previously submitted a bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, the that is not the case this time. I hoped that cleared it up for some of you! :)

    Greg said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    The reason Corbett will veto it is cause he does not know the facts just the reefer madness era garbage that's been pumped into his head. The people who go against this bill are going to because they are out of touch with the people and the truth that is backed by science. I keep a eye on this issue a great deal and have done a lot research on it. There are a ton of videos on youtube you can share with people to inform them better.Run From The Cure by Rick Simpson is one of the best with The Union The Business Behind Getting High being the second.

      anony said:
      January 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Or just spend 3 minutes watching The Flower on youtube.

      Matt said:
      January 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      The real reason Marijuana is rejected around the world with the negative stereotypes typically associated with it (laziness, gateway drug, more likely to rape white women, and other nonsense) is because marijuana can break down the barriers of cultural control most people are under, namely materialism and egocentrism.

      People smoke pot and they realize that working some factory job making someone else a fortune is silly. People smoke pot and realize just how silly American/ State politics is. How our democracy has been bought and sold many times over for the creation of wealth in other peoples pockets. That making money isn't the end all be all in life, that taking the time to sit down with friends and family and sharing a marijuana (cigarette or pipe) to just talk, tell stories, and to become emotionally involved with your loved ones on whole other level.

      I'm also glad that this article doesn't want to cuckold this new legislation as for recreationional purposes only but for all purposes. Everyone has heard about the use of marijuana for recreation and medicinally, but what about spiritually. In societies around the world marijuana is used to create a direct relationship with God. I can attest to this idea myself. I started out as a social smoker and once realizing the potential for prayer and mediation have used it as a tool to reflect and think to make myself a better person.

      God bless,

      Matt From Erie

    Angie said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    It's about time. I hope things pull through. My brother was criminalized due to marijuana laws and he is a brilliant engineer! His whole path to gain his bachelors degree was interrupted and having a professional job is close to impossible. My brother is a good person and smokes from time to time just as a person would enjoy a glass of wine from time to time. PA does need to wake up.

    kelley said:
    January 10, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    i liked what i read but i sure hope they dont think it wont be sold wrongly the ones under 21 like someone said will go door to door trying to buy it and most likely get and i also so dont think the killings will stop good luck pa.

      BRIAN said:
      February 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      YEA UR RIGHT ABOUT UNDER 21 BUT VIOLENCE WILL DECREASE NEVER WILL END BUT BE LOT LESS READ UR FACTS ON ALCOHOL ND POT

      BRIAN said:
      February 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      BTW I FOR 1 KNOW TO MANY BUT U WOULD RATHER SUPORT ALCOHOL ND WHEN U LOOSE A LOVE ONE FROM A DRUNK DRIVER JUST REMEMBER IF WEED WAS LEGAL BET THIS WOULDNT HAVE HAPPEND

      Public Admin Major said:
      April 17, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      OK…so how many moonshine distillers are selling illegal alcohol to kids on the street corners in PA since prohibition ended? Is that where minors get their liquor? That is, in essence, what you are surmising will happen once marijuana is legalized, regulated and taxed.
      In Washington, we plan to have state run cannabis stores and state licensed growers. The only other people who will be allowed to grow their own are the people who already have medical marijuana green cards (and the amount they can grow at any one time is very limited). If I go into a state weed store and pay upwards of $20 per gram for some blueberry kush, I seriously doubt I'll have any room for markup to sell it to some snot nose on the corner, nor would I want to risk arrest for the kid's sake!

    Mark said:
    January 10, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Money saved prosecuting marihuana users could be better spent on out reach programs for people addicted to much harder drugs like OxyContin, heroin and crack. These drugs are no comparison to pot. But they share the same definition and sentences for offenders. Our prisons are full of people who need help not jailed. Legalize it, regulate it, tax it. Make money, save money, save lives, keep young people from having to pay for simple possession for the remainder of their lives. All it takes is a consensus or a referendum on the next election, let the people decide, not old cotton topped white guys who want to sell off all the states top money making jewels. Corbett! Listen to your constituents!

    justin said:
    January 10, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    We should legalize it, but the boneheaded ppl who decide on this dont realize the benefits from it.

    Jason said:
    January 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I feel there shouldnt be a age limit on marijuana if the law is passed because everyone under the age of 21 thats smokes is still going too ull have more charges on the younger society if u make it 21 also marijuana wont hurt no one u cant od on it u cant get addicted to it and its good to be high everyonce in a while

    Some Dumb Guy said:
    January 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    up in smoke project #420. legalize it in EVERY state. produce more jobs. lower our national debt. i don't know, i'm just some dumb guy with a pipe dream.

    Brandon said:
    January 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I wonder if cultivation is addressed. I'd love to setup shop and get a kick out of nature.
    All this is a promising perspective to say the least!
    It's about damn time!!! wuuuuuuuuu

    Highly Hopeful

    question! said:
    January 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    dose any one know when the bill will be decided on? is there some where to check when it gets passed or if its in progress?
    im sitting on the edge of my seat here…

    Brian P said:
    January 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I am a daily smoker and have been on the Deans List as an IT major 4 semesters in a row at a large state school. I have smoked for almost 10 years now. I do not drink, nor do I partake in any other "hard" drugs. I have a healthy relationship with a girl I love and have dreams and goals like any other human being. Yet somehow, I am a criminal.

    I was an outcast in high school with low self esteem, marijuana changed my life for the better by giving me relief from paranoia and the confidence to be creative. It gave me a social life and put me in the surroundings to learn to communicate effectively with people my age as well as those older than me.

    Marijuana brought me a greater appreciation of Math, Music, Nature, Humanity, Creativity, History, and Family to name a few subjects off the top of my head.

    Marijuana is a gift from god if you believe in him. Much like the psychedelic mushroom or peyote cactus, it has influenced human evolution for thousands of years by changing one's thought patterns and perspective on a situation. Marijuana helps me solve difficult problems because I think about them differently.

    The politicians that seek to keep this wonderful plant illegal are either misinformed, out of touch with today's society, or greedy.

      guest420 said:
      January 28, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      that was a joy to read! thank u for sharing! i feel your words and know what u mean!

      Public Admin Major said:
      April 17, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      Yes, there is great misconception regarding stupidity, slowness, and mental sluggishness of weed smokers! I am 44, smoked it for most of my life and returned to college in 2009….did I flunk out or fail to finish? No, I graduated Summa Cum Laude in March with Alpha Sigma Lambda and Golden Key honors cords! Let's keep breaking those molds, shall we! :D

    Lauren Florio said:
    January 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Its about time someone finally come to their senses! Everything he said is true and he made very good points of this matter. Whoever is against this well your just ignorant and should keep your opinions to yourself. I hope this happens soon!

    Justin said:
    January 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Yes, PA should be the next state to legalize it

    Davie said:
    January 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Over twenty years ago I was what you would consider a daily marijuana smoker. I preferred smoking, instead of consuming alcoholic beverages. I found smoking to be much more relaxing, allowing me to unwind after a stressful day of work. It didn't lead to harder drugs. I know this is a personal choice, each person has to make. Just because you occasionally of often smoke, does not mean you will automatically have any interest or desire to try harder/dangerous drugs. In fact smoking marijuana actually aided me, when I kicked a two pack a day cigarette habit. I haven't smoked marijuana in close to 20 years (only because its illegal and I figured it wasn't worth getting legally jammed up as I grew older) but if they legalized it in PA, I would occasionally smoke. I'd sit on my back porch, watch the deer graze and enjoy the sunset. I wouldn't be out driving around, partying like a nut or raising hell. I'm now in my mid 40's and I suffer from a serious back injury that required surgery and spinal fusion. I'm temporarily disabled and for now, I can't even work because of it. I refuse to take pain prescriptions because all that crap is simply not good for you. Anyway… it really is time for PA to take a good look at this situation and come up with a responsible way to move forward on the issue. The Feds are already trying to decide how they are going to deal with states that have fully legalized recreational use of marijuana. The President has already commented on this issue….how does the Federal government enforce marijuana laws, in states that have legalized it? This subject is certainly interesting…that coming from a guy that hasn't smoked it in 20 years.

    me said:
    January 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I hope it never gets passed. People who are stoned always just sit there & look stupid. People will probably start doing it all the time & how will they be able to keep it out of the workplace? There will still be more arrests due to the fact all the idiots will still drive when they are stoned…just a very stupid idea. Get a life. There’s more important things to worry about..just goes to show how lame your life really is! I don’t want my kids to grow up and be able to use it so they act slow like the other morons who use it.

      Brian P said:
      January 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Way to generalize an entire group of people. Are you racist as well?

      nate said:
      January 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      well that jus shows how stupid ppl are.marijuana doesnt make me lazy and just sit around.when i smoke i get energy and that motivates me to do alot of things.helps me consitrate.and give me a appitite

      Davie said:
      January 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I'm just curious to know if you drink alcoholic beverages? Personally, I do not drink any alcohol whatsoever, only a personal chioce but Idont push it on other or make general characterizations that everyone who drinks always sit there and look stupid, drink in the workplace, is a looser, cant hold a job, will drink and drive, will get arrested for DUI, will beat their spouse, wil get in fights, etc…etc. Not judging your coment, just hoping you will consider that not everyone who would legally smoke would be a looser.

      Trying again said:
      January 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I replied once and it didn't post, so I'm trying this again:
      I'm a college-educated professional with a chronic illness. I have continuous nerve pain as well as other symptoms that have been worsening despite all interventions. I use a small amount of marijuana with a vaporizer once or twice weekly before bed, and that's only when i'm in too much pain to rest! I don't get "stoned". I don't "sit there & look stupid". I use just enough to alleviate the pain, so that I can sleep well and wake up feeling rested and energetic! I've tried everything else. I have been through so many procedures and tests and surgeries in the past few years! I've tried everything imaginable for pain relief, and sometimes it's just not enough. Despite my medical conditions, I work hard to provide for my family. This just helps me get through the worst of it. I'm sorry that you're raising your children to judge people they have never met. Walk in my shoes and feel this pain before you judge me!

    me said:
    January 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    If you are talking to me..no I am not racist at all…there’s a difference…it doesn’t matter what color your skin is but if you want to smoke pot then you obviously aren’t very bright.

      Brian P said:
      January 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      If anything, stereotypes are an indication of someone not being very bright. Someone choosing to smoke is an indication of your god given right of free will. Just because you choose to not smoke doesn't make you better than anyone else. Just because someone does smoke doesn't mean they are a numbskull with no aspirations beyond sitting on the couch eating cheetos.

    joe clark said:
    January 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    about time PA,i've been a daily smoker for 35 yrs.yet i managed to hold a job for 30 odd yrs. retired,and collect a pension. i never use any other hard drugs. never got in a fight because i was to stoned.i pay my bills every month,i'm married,happy,active,yet i.m a criminal. thank you senator leach,it's a start. it should be like wine and beer. it should be like wine and beer,you can by it in a store,or grow it in your garden (certain amount for own consumption). there are just to many that are 30, 40, 50, 60, or70 yrs old.that propaganda worked in the 30's,but we know better. how can we help senator leach?

    Chuck may sr. said:
    January 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Yes why not.Tax it as heavy as cigarettes and make tons of money from the taxes.

    stephen said:
    January 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    i say wait til the Colorado and Wash. law has been in effect for a couple of yrs to see what problems
    may arise. Then a bill can be drafted that considers those problems.

    Ian said:
    January 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Well let's take a look at why murders happen due to marijuana. Do we think it is due to the effects of marijuana? That would be the most proposterous proposal I've ever heard. Maybe we think it is due to the fact that only evil people use it, like perhaps every musical group since the 70's. I'll inform you why violence is associated with marijuana and it is directly related to its illegality. The actual retail value of one pound of marijuana as a non-prohibited plant is approximately $20. The current price in PA due to its competetive prohibition prices (all due to greed and risk) is $7680. Don't believe me? Well let's do some math: $60 per eight of an ounce times 8 to get $480 per ouce and multiply that by 16 to get $7680 per pound. If drug dealers go from making a $7680 profit to a $20 one, who the hell will keep fighting let alone sell it anymore?

      gandalf said:
      January 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      your guesses at prices are really off. good try though and I understand the point you are trying to make

      Davie said:
      February 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Your right …legalization would drive down the price considerably, making a lucrative business… not quite so lucrative.

      Common sense points to a conclusion that the criminal element currently selling it for "big bucks" would no longer have a strong incentive to do so and crime would go down. Imagine for a moment if tea or coffee was prohibited and you had to buy it on the black market. You would be paying big bucks…like 10 times what you pay now for your favorite can of Folgers coffee. There is a lot of truth in this .
      Geez…$60 an 1/8th oz. I quit smoking years ago, back when it was $20-$25 and I thought that was too much to pay. Point is… if it were legalized and state run and regulated like alcohol… it could be $20 an 1/8th oz again and if would be chemical fee and unadulterated…I hear that often today it is sprayed or dipped to make it appear stronger…. with who know what. Surely not as God intended it to be, in its natural state.

    GWager said:
    January 18, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Make cigarettes illegal and legalize marijuana!! If people really want to do some good make something illegal that is actually harming them. Stop making criminals out of people that are just like the ones that enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

    Davie said:
    January 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    One must understand history and how the notions of insanity and "reefer madness" was`sold to the country…. to understand why it was outlawed in the fist place.

    Both alcohol and tobacco kill many, many people each year in the USA…. but our government also collects huge amounts of revenue from their sales,

    Let's pretend that studies were to proove, that cigarettes were killing one out of every three or four smokers. Honestly, you know, tobacco would never be banned…its all about money (taxes/revenue) in the eyes of government. The tobacco industry is big business, with big powerful and wealthy investors, who know people and get politicians votes, etc…. and they would never shut them down.

    edv said:
    January 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    legalize it! pa needs the money badly!

    Michael said:
    February 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    If it were legalized, and it applies to cultivation as well, that would be amazing. I am disabled and in being so I am unable to physically work. if I could grow marijuana and make a legal profit from it, I could become less dependent on state driven programs that offer aid to disabled individuals like disability. I used to grow marijuana many years ago and grew it for the love of the plant. I was caught and endured incarceration because of it though. I very rarely smoked marijuana, however i thoroughly enjoyed the entire process of indoor cultivation and hydroponics. not only was I growing marijuana, but many types of vegetables and herbs. I have a wealth of marijuana botanical knowledge from studies, research, and applied experience. I would love to grow marijuana and provide a benefit for the public domain legally. This would be nothing short of amazing and has the potential to provide many job opportunities for legal marijuana cultivators. Absolutely brilliant!!!

    Zackk22882 said:
    February 21, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    It's kinda funny that in pa as of right now, it is easier for me as a minor to get my hands on weed than alcohol…

    dave said:
    February 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    they should stop wasting tax dollars putting people behind bars for smoking pot,If the money only came out of there own pockets,and not ours it would change tomorrow.

    carole201 said:
    March 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I totally agree that weed should be legalized. I am 62 years old and it should have been legalized years ago. A person can go sit in a yard and drink by some fire pit and have it not affect their job, but not so with weed. Needless job losses have happened because of this law. PA consistently lags behind other states, probably due to the age of the populus. The Blue Laws lasted until what year?

    james said:
    April 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    This is wonderful and I hope it gains traction here in PA. What would be even better is letting our farmers grow HEMP.

    Douglas said:
    April 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I think it should be left up to the people. Let’s vote on legalization of marijuana. And get it legalized,it shouldn’t be left up to the governor,he is only one vote!

      Matt at FOX43 said:
      April 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      The state voted the governor in to be the voice of the state. If he says no, then the state says no. If you are pro-something, remember the candidates that have the same opinion as you do, then vote for them. That’s how our political system works. You can safely say that most of the state does not want to legalize marijuana because they knew what Governor Corbett is in favor for.

    matt said:
    October 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I agree with most comments…..the approach that would make the most sense is to legalize it for medical use for now….and see how it goes. Pa will never just legalize something like this. Ive thought many times that we will be possibly the last state to legalize it. Our state leaders are old and close minded and very tax hungry. Cigarettes, gas, and Alcohol are all controlled and highly taxed in this state. We lead the 50 states in high taxes and control. Pa is that only state in the whole country that wont legalize radar for LOCAL police…. the only state? The only state the uses 2 painted white lines to time vehicles… also know as vascar. Not that i would want them to have radar…but its an example of pa…….is there any grounp of voters that I can join in this fight?

    SEd said:
    January 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I too believe marijuana should be legalized but I have one problem with this article. It states that you simply cant overdose on marijuana. False!!!! I overdosed in typing class back in 1988 after smoking a bowl during lunch in a small farm community. The marijuana was home grown and couldn't have been laced with anything. My peers said I started turning green, then purple, and my eyes started rolling back and then I passed out and landed on the floor and was unconscious for about 30 seconds. Now that was some good weed!!! I don't smoke anymore since I care for it but others do and I believe it is safer still than alcohol.

    sheri said:
    January 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    yes pa should legalize marijuana I personally benefit from it. it helps with pain, nausea, adhd, nerve problems, and anorexic, and bulimic where I suffer from all of them with just a little marijuana I don't need narcotics for pain adhd, nerves. the sooner they legalize it the better the pa system will be.

    Donavan Schaeffer said:
    March 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Let me start out by say anyone who thinks marijuana is a gateway drug has already used it themselves or are hypocritical to what they dont understand. Yes its the start of it all because its the easiest drug to acquire. Its harder to get alcohol. Which dont forget is a legal drug. There are three generations of pot smokers now in this country from the never ending failure of our govt to control it while spending millions of our money to do so. To be so blind to think your actually doing something about it is proving once again govt should have no control of its people rather than us controlling them. The people and govt of Pennsylvania and the people better wake up and realize that this is going to happen because our federal govtno longer cares. Make it legal now before your economy is surpassed by other states. People start moving away. Your family and friends will be gone and shortly there after your job bcause this area will not be able to sustain a proper living or family environment like it does now while everyone is smokin it up behind closed doors. You will be left behind Pennsylvania and only wanting what other states have accomplished. Stupidity in this case is overwhelming and its the people apparently not using it with that issue to reslove. And for those who feel differently theres always Russia!!!!!

    mark said:
    May 18, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Yes pa should legalize medial marijuana. I have had a problem with my back for more than 10 years. after 3 surgeries and no relief I have been on all kinds of pain meds.which put you out of it and cause stomach problems mainly constipation which is no fun .so I tried the use of marijuana instead. it gave me relief from the pain .I also have no withdraw pains when I stopped using it and best of all no constipation at all !

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