Marijuana legalization proposal like Colorado's coming to Pennsylvania: More states to follow?


Law Enforcement Against Prohibition press release:
Monday, February 11: Capitol Building Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Legislation to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

State 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."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64 is now law: Governor John Hickenlooper quietly signs measure."


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JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

More poorly written admendments coming to more states soon. By the time their done the government will have more control over weed than they did as a schedule 1 drug.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Yes please put the government in charge of weed. LOL

Jordan Ortmann
Jordan Ortmann

Yes. I beleve once all is worked out and all is said and done, A-64 will work and all will be well here in Colorful Colorado.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Yes. A million times, YES.

Tarayn Marissa
Tarayn Marissa

Yes. So all the idiots stop moving here. People that smoke weed in Colorado are different than other places. Much more motivated.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

If they are smart they will.. the tax money on it alone will be insane and the taxing of marijuana will pull america outta this hole we are in.. just sayin

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Westweed Headline "Marijuana legalization proposal like Colorado's coming to Pennsylvania"

Weedword "We can't directly compare Leach's proposal to Amendment 64 quite yet; LEAP spokesman Tom Angell tells us it's still in the drafting process"


Typical Lying Cunts just can't stop lying about the festering turd that is A64. When spewing propaganda to ignorant stoners, just make shit up, right Michael?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... with the help of Prevaricating Propaganda Pimps like Westweed, Lyin' Brian Vicente, Mendacious Mason Tvert and the Marijuana McLawyer Lobbyists at NORML.

Stupid Stoners can be easily manipulated, convinced the FIST of Regulation is the "legalization" they've been longing for.

Bend over and feel the "legalization", suckers.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chris Estus  .... REGULATION WORKS !! ...

... for the Regulators.

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