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Marijuana: Pennsylvania senator toked up during state-funded pot visit to Colorado

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Daylin Leach as seen in one of his campaign videos.
Legal cannabis has attracted a wide variety of tourists to Colorado who might not have come to the state otherwise -- including Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach. But Leach's trip was work-related. He and a few staff members recently spent three days here in order to inhale as much information they possibly could about the state's cannabis industry.

And yes, we're using the word "inhale" literally.

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According to a column he wrote for the York Daily Reporter, Leach, who has advocated for Pennsylvania to legalize medical cannabis, toured two growing facilities, two dispensaries, a processing lab and a testing lab in an effort to "see what complete legalization looks like." And he gives Colorado a strong nod of approval.

"Beyond the money, it struck us how professional everyone involved in the business is," Leach writes. "Cannabis is highly regulated, and these regulations are strictly enforced. So you really have to know your business in order to succeed."

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Leach during an appearance on Fox News.
And unlike another politician from the east coast, Leach didn't take shots at Colorado's residents. "It was also clear that Colorado has not turned into a state full of 'stoners,'" he maintains. "There is no noticeable change in productivity, absences from work or dropping out of school. If you didn't know marijuana was legal in Colorado, you wouldn't guess it from being out and about in the city."

The visit, which the Daily Reporter says was funded by the State of Pennsylvania, cost around $5,000 -- although the O.PenVape vape-pen he took a couple rips from was a gift from the company after he toured its facility, Leach's spokeswoman said.

Leach told Pennsylvania reporters he wanted to try the new technology to see how potent the hash was, but he only took two hits to "remain functional."

As Leach pointed out, the men and women in Colorado's cannabis industry would be criminals in his state. They would likely end up losing their businesses and end up in jail -- a fate he describe as "the true insanity of prohibition."

Leach wasn't the first Pennsylvania state senator interested in the pot business to visit Colorado. State Senator Mike Folmer came here earlier this summer to learn more about the industry, but he says he and his staff paid their own way and didn't partake.

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153 comments
Stephanie Mondragon
Stephanie Mondragon

Why doesn't anybody complain when alcohol is consumed during a "taxpayer funded" trip?? And what a pathetic way to put a spin on the story. He was gifted the vape pen, he didn't purchase it

Jeff Raiter
Jeff Raiter

Maybe he was on a fact finding tour and needed to decide for himself as to whether Pot is better.I think it is the best.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

A state funded trip, which means the state paid for the trip! This doesn't mean that he is on the clock during the whole trip. What if he enjoyed a spa? Or took a carriage ride? He pays for that sort of thing out of his pocket. As long as he does his job (during the time that he is actually getting paid) then he's fine. And I don't even like weed. Would people have a problem if he got a little drunk by purchasing alcohol during his free time with his own money?

Chuck Lawhead
Chuck Lawhead

Presumably, he is allowed SOME amount of personal time, even while traveling on official business. I bet he touched himself while he was here, too.

Septimius Prime
Septimius Prime

Hey, people go to donkey shows in Tijuana on vacation... Oh, snap! Well not quite the same, but... never mind!

A-stitch Saves Minds
A-stitch Saves Minds

So what. Here in Colorado it's legal & nobody gives a damned who smokes pot. We are ok with him spending his money here.

Shari Walsh
Shari Walsh

Did he have a few drinks and hire a hooker, too? Then that would make him a real politician.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Haha only on Fox "false" News would they care about that shit

Jay Lundsten
Jay Lundsten

Good! Time to get real ya, now we should only have a problem with it if he starts hiding double standards.

Sara Loraine Kephart
Sara Loraine Kephart

I'm formerly from PA, and I must say that this is a huge step for the state. They are broke and continue to cut funding that could benefit the residents of the state. There are people who are sick and suffering who would benefit from medical marijuana. The more PA politicians who go and visit, the better. The people of Pennsylvania don't vote laws into place. They only vote for the politicians.

Rj Fath
Rj Fath

Big deal!; IT'S LEGAL!!!!!

Alicia Chavez
Alicia Chavez

God forbid they see someone smoking. Oh the shame! Like they haven't seen worse dumb ass. I'm sure they've seen people getting wasted and angry, or chain smoking cigarettes (that's second hand smoke) and if they watch tv (kids shows have constant adult humor) or video game trust me they've seen worse. Murder, violence, vulgarity, sex. Kids are a lot worse today than ever before, so how about you act like you're offended by all this other stuff first, before you say that marijuana is shameful when it's the least harmful thing on this damn list.

Alicia Chavez
Alicia Chavez

Couldn't care less, not any different from people smoking cigarettes or getting wasted in public, it's honestly better cause it's not causing harm like the other two

Greg Jabuki DeRuckus
Greg Jabuki DeRuckus

Amendment 64 was to treat weed like alcohol. That's what i voted for and that's how I look at it. This isn't news. get over it.

Gwyn Rhoades
Gwyn Rhoades

How nice of him to support the local economy.

Brittany B Michelle
Brittany B Michelle

Here in CO its the same as him having an alcojolic drink or smoking a cigarette or cigar. Why the hubub? Surely he used his own personal money and down time for it so.... no beef.

Jimmy Jonas
Jimmy Jonas

Good for him. I hope that he enjoyed his visit to Colorado. Keep spending your money here!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Wrong -- marijuana is like murder in Colorado; see C.R.S. 18-18-406.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

-- sure you could; you could have avoided posting a response!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How many FELONIES are on the books in Colorado for "alcojolic [sic] drinks", cigarettes or cigars?



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@RobertChase I'd rather someone commit smoking pot with someone compared to committing murder. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... and the clueless Colorado "activists" and bongsuckers think that Pat Steadman is their pro-marijuana pal in the state legislature.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... Karma !!


GRAND JUNCTION — State Sen. Steve King was charged Wednesday with three felonies and two misdemeanors for allegedly falsifying timecards, theft and failing to report income as required of state legislators.


King was handed a summons in Grand Junction on Wednesday listing felonies of embezzlement of public property, forgery and theft and misdemeanors for second-degree forgery and official misconduct. The charges carry potential prison or jail sentences if he is found guilty.


The Republican also could lose his law enforcement certification and be banned from seeking public office if he is convicted.

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