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
Leach and Street Bill Will Legalize Cannabis for Adult-Use in PA; Proposed Model Emphasizes Minority Ownership and Criminal Justice Reform
HARRISBURG – March 18, 2019 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and State Senator Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) today announced legislation that would end Pennsylvania’s prohibition of cannabis and would ultimately legalize cannabis for adult-use in...read more
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
Last updated: December 13, 2018 at 16:00 pm