Pennsylvania could see countless benefits from the legalization and regulation of marijuana, including the generation of much-needed tax revenue, the availability of a legal treatment alternative to patients suffering from terminal illness and the satisfaction that comes with finally ending a prohibition on a natural substance that causes no more harm than alcohol and cannot become the source of an addiction.
In addition to raising millions of dollars per year from tax revenue, Pennsylvania would save millions of dollars per year by legalizing marijuana. The most conservative estimates say the revenue generated by taxing the sales of marijuana would amount to at least $24 million per year. Legalizing and taxing marijuana could provide a multi-million dollar recurring revenue source that our state could tap into for years to come.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 24,685 marijuana arrests were made in Pennsylvania in 2006 at a cost of $325.36 million to taxpayers. Legalizing and regulating marijuana would not only make our streets safer but save our state millions of dollars per year.
Under the terms of Senate Bill 528, marijuana would be a regulated product, treated similarly to alcohol. This bill would not change current laws against driving under the influence of marijuana, selling marijuana to minors and disorderly conduct while publicly intoxicated.
Latest News on Marijuana in PA
HARRISBURG – August 1, 2018 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today issued the following statement regarding the sale of “whole plant” marijuana to Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients. “It’s a great day for medical marijuana patients in...read more
HARRISBURG – May 18, 2018 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today published an open letter to Pennsylvania’s 67 district attorneys asking them to stop prosecuting marijuana possession and smoking cases. The open letter was sent to the Pennsylvania...read more
A new bill could erase simple possession convictions for medical marijuana patients, but only if they can prove they obtained the drug for medicinal purposes.read more
State Senator Daylin Leach, a Democrat of Montgomery and Delaware, announced Monday legislation providing for the expungement of a conviction of simple possession of marijuana.read more
HARRISBURG – May 7, 2018 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today introduced legislation providing for the expungement of a conviction of simple possession if the person convicted of the crime can show that the conviction stemmed from his or her...read more
Pa. approves sale of marijuana ‘flower,’ and will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction BY SAM WOOD
The price of medical marijuana could fall dramatically for some patients by mid-summer. And the drug will soon be used to treat opioid withdrawal in Pennsylvania, which will become the second state after New Jersey to allow it for that purpose.read more
HARRISBURG – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on Secretary Rachel Levine’s announcement that she will accept the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board’s approval of “whole plant” marijuana. “I am ecstatic today,” Leach said. “The Advisory...read more
A state medical marijuana advisory board voted Monday to recommend allowing dried leaf marijuana into the market.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine must decide whether to accept the recommendation for it to become statewide policy.read more
Patients moved a step closer Monday toward being able to purchase medical marijuana in its dry leaf or flower form — a cheaper alternative to the pills, oils, creams and other processed forms for sale at dispensaries.read more
HARRISBURG – April 9, 2018 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board’s overwhelming approval of “whole plant” marijuana as a valid form of medicine under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana protocol. “It...read more
State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County), one of the commonwealth’s most persistent advocates for legalization, expects the move could bring in even more: $1.5 billion per year. The revenue doesn’t account for potential savings in the criminal justice system and other places, said Leach, who has introduced legalization bills in every legislative session since 2013 and continues to bring up the subject.read more
“This is a win-win-win, there’s no downside to this,” Leach said of legalization. “Certainly it would be good to have the money depending on the budgetary situation, the direct tax revenue, less people in the prison or criminal justice system and people will know what they’re buying.”read more
Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat from Montgomery County, first introduced a marijuana-legalization bill in 2013, and has a new version of that bill in the Senate Law and Justice Committee now. His spokesman, Steve Hoenstine, said this bill calls for marijuana to be sold at state stores, where there is already a sales and monitoring system in place.read more
Black Adults Are 7 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Pot Than White Adults in Philadelphia Suburbs BY ALICIA LOZANO
“It’s a continuation of Jim Crow policies,” Steve Hoenstine, spokesman for State. Sen. Daylin Leach, said. “We don’t think about it that way, but that’s exactly what it does and it has to stop for that reason.”read more
On Monday, state Sen. Daylin Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat, wrote a letter asking the company to reconsider its request to halt the program across the state.read more
Anyway, Leach, D-Montgomery, had his wonks take a look at tax revenues in Colorado, a state where recreational marijuana is famously legal, and game out what Pennsylvania could expect to net if it, too, went the legalization route.read more
The legislation that made medical marijuana legal in the state, SB3, was co-sponsored by State Senator Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, and State Senator Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County.read more
Last updated: December 13, 2018 at 16:00 pm