State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania, according to a news release from his office. The bill is currently circulating for co-sponsoring.
“This past November, the people of Washington State and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana,” Leach said in a statement. “Other places, including California, have had de facto legalization for some time. This week, I will introduce legislation which would have Pennsylvania join these other states in ending this modern-day prohibition. My bill will legalize the consumption of marijuana for adults over the age of twenty one, without regard to the purpose of that consumption.”
Leach previously introduced a bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana by eligible patients in the state.
In a statement to the media, Leach said the current marijuana policy is costly, citing the billions of dollars spent “investigating, prosecuting, incarcerating and monitoring millions of our fellow citizens who have hurt no one, damaged no property, breached no peace.”
Leach said that marijuana is “less dangerous than beer, less risky than children’s cough syrup, less addictive than chocolate and whose social harm comes from its prohibition rather than its use.”