HARRISBURG, January 16, 2013 – This morning, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was the featured guest on WITF’s “Smart Talk” with host Scott Lamar. The show focused primarily on Leach’s legislation to legalize marijuana but also touched on other progressive issues the senator has backed. Click here to listen to the show.

Leach, who last week announced plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana, has been vocal about the benefits Pennsylvanians could reap by doing so, most notably by bringing in much-needed tax revenue and by providing a legal treatment alternative to patients suffering from terminal illness.

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. Leach argued that his bill to legalize marijuana would not only make our streets safer but save our state millions of dollars per year.

Further, Leach noted, it is simply time to abolish an archaic prohibition on a natural substance that causes no harm and cannot become the source of an addiction, unlike tobacco and alcohol.

He explained that under the terms of the bill, marijuana would be a regulated product, treated similarly to alcohol. He noted that the bill would declare it illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, behave badly while publicly intoxicated or to sell it to minors.

Leach’s bill is currently circulating for cosponsorship.

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