Feb 082013
 
pennsylvania marijuana tax and regulateState Senator Daylin Leach and Law Enforcement and Medical Advocates Discuss Marijuana Legalization Efforts in Pennsylvania
Momentum Growing in States After Voters in Colorado and Washington State Legalized Marijuana in November
WHO:          * PA State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware)
                   * Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
                   * David Nathan, M.D., clinical associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, teaches psychiatry in Princeton, New Jersey
WHAT:           Press conference announcing introduction of Pennsylvania legislation to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol
WHEN:           Monday, February 11, 2013 at 2 p.m.
WHERE:         Capitol Media Center, Room 1 in the East Wing of the Capitol Building, Harrisburg
Background
In November, voters in Washington State and Colorado voted to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.  Legislators in other states have announced plans to introduce similar legislation in their states.  Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach is introducing a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Senator Leach believes that ending marijuana prohibition will raise revenue for Pennsylvania and bring an end to a failed policy of prohibition.  “This past November, the people of Washington State and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana,” said Leach.  “It is time for Pennsylvania to be a leader in jettisoning this modern-day prohibition, and ending a policy that has been destructive, costly and anti-scientific.”
Also present at the press conference will be Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  “Cops see the ineffectiveness and harms of marijuana prohibition up close, every day,” says Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics cop. “Keeping marijuana illegal doesn’t significantly reduce use, but it does give tax-free profits to violent gangs and cartels that control the black market. Now, thanks to Sen. Leach’s proposal, Pennsylvania has a chance to join Colorado and Washington in letting police focus on the job we signed up to do — keeping the public safe — instead of being distracted by chasing down marijuana users.”
Dr. David Nathan believes that the criminalization of marijuana does little to limit its use and is inconsistent with the public health approach taken to similar substances.   “Our nation can acknowledge the dangers of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana while still permitting their use,” says Nathan.  “The only logically and morally consistent argument for marijuana prohibition necessitates the criminalization of all harmful recreational drugs, including alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. We can agree that such an infringement on personal freedoms is as impractical as it is un-American. The time has come to accept that our nation’s attitude toward marijuana has been misguided for generations and that the only rational approach to cannabis is to legalize, regulate and tax it.”
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  • Vixxis

    Sen Leach intoduced medical marijuan bills in Pa in 2010 & 2011 which never received a vote or made it out of committee. With this bill, he is bringing strong backup to the press conference and with the national cannabis reform landscape changing rapidly since the Nov 2012 elections it may stand a better chance. Unfortunately Gov Corbett has voiced strong opposition to the med marijuana bills in the past saying that if they mad it to his desk he would not sign them. Lets hope Gov. Corbett feels the politican winds of change and changes his outdated thinking on this issue.

  • tim frieze

    GOV.CORBETT CAN VERY EASILY BE REPLACED HE WAS VOTED IN BY THE PEOPLE HE CAN ALSO BE REMOVED BY THE PEOPLE SO HE BETTER WISE THE F–K UP!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/DaveDeRose77 Dave DeRose

      I agree! We should in every state list the votes that these lawmaker cast and show them the next election. If they aren’t informed enough about Marijuana by now then they haven’t even tried to understand why it’s passing in states across the country. I find it hard to believe that they are competent enough to do the job they were elected to do if they can’t seem to get informed about Marijuana.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.b.garlick Jesse Garlick

    the state of PA gave me 45 months in state prison and 15 months on parole (18 – 60 months) for growing one marijuana plant back in 2006.. im thinkin PA will be the last state to legalize marijuana..PA is the dumbest state in the USA.

    • Johnny Bloomington

      No try living in OK or KS!

      • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.selvage Carolyn Selvage

        Got to agree with you Johnny KS is 45 years behind everybody and we have one of the crappiest Gov. to ever serve in KS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hchartley Herbert Chartley

    Tax it yes. “But Fair Taxation”! Not the Profiteering I see the government trying to pull off! Fair Taxation just like any other Health Food Chain Does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.selvage Carolyn Selvage

    What scares me is that if legalized the rep.’s will try to give that revenue to their 1% buddies!

    • Sean

      So you are scared of legalization?

    • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

      “What scares me is that if legalized the rep.’s will try to give that revenue to their 1% buddies!”

      Of course they will. You prefer Prohibition?

      Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

      http://classicalvalues.com/2013/02/cb2/

      It is especially important to follow the link to get the full effect. When you read it you will see why. It is short.

  • Rick

    If you haven’t won the drug war by now, give it up, stop making criminals and over crowding our jails. We can’t afford it anyhow. Legalize pot now.