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NAACP announces support of marijuana legalization in Pa

The NAACP is standing behind a bill that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. The NAACP announced Tuesday their support of Senator Daylin Leach’s (D-Montgomery/Delaware) Senate Bill 528. The bill would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in Pennsylvania.

“We spend $350 million a year in Pennsylvania just on the arrest, incarceration and monitoring of people for marijuana-related offenses. We can save all of that if we ended prohibition. Plus, we could tax this and gain revenue,” said Senator Leach.

Senator Leach says it will be a tough sell but he is happy to have the support of the NAACP. The organization says money and resources need to be focused on more serious crimes and offenders.

“The war on drugs is a catastrophic failure particularly on people of color,” said David Scott. Scott is a 31- year old veteran of law enforcement and currently works with the NAACP in Montgomery County. “So much money and resources have been spent on the war on drugs while there is an alarming while there is a lack of funds for Philadelphia and school systems in general. An ACLU report estimated in just 2010, one year, one hundred million dollars was taken from Pennsylvania taxpayers just to enforce marijuana possession,” said Scott.

Scott says current laws are biased against minorities. “In Pennsylvania, blacks are 5.2 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites. Even though they use drugs at the same rate,” said Scott.

The bill has been forwarded to the health committee. Senator Leach says he hopes they hold a hearing on the bill and it gets passed along to the Senate for a vote.

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16 Comments to “NAACP announces support of marijuana legalization in Pa”

    Dumb Criminals said:
    June 26, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Let's see what results in Colorado first before jumping on an unproven bandwagon. Current stats can be spun in any direction on this one.

    Brian Kelly2 said:
    June 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

    JustDoIt said:
    June 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Legalize sooner than later!!

    Legalize Marijuana said:
    June 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Legalizing marijuana is the way to go for several reasons. First off, it provides a medical benefit. Secondly, people are going to use it anyway. Lastly, when's the last time somebody got into a serious car accident after using marijuana? Alcohol should be illegal in my opinion.

      MyTakeOnIt said:
      June 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Operator of the crane that knocked a building down onto a Salvation Army store in Philadelphia last month.

    darrin said:
    June 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    As a PA resident, I'm proud that my state has taken the early initiative on this matter. I'm a 45 year old, finance professional and although I don't smoke pot, if it were easily obtainable (oh…and LEGAL), I would like to!!! I have smoked in the past and honestly, I prefer it to drinking alcohol. Would I smoke every day if it were easily available?….NO! It should be OUR choice when, where and how (and how much) we want to smoke.

    melissa said:
    June 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    It would also make the government a lot of money!!!!!!

    dmzeamer said:
    July 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Do not think it should be legalized at all…..sorry folks! What cause the accidents and deaths of people of any age…..drugs and alcohol. Can see drivers driving their cars…thinking "hmmmm! where am I now? Oh what's that? O darn it! It WAS a kid…….

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