“Prohibition is a cruel irrational policy which is destroying lives, costing us billions of dollars and is doing no good whatsoever,” Leach said.
The bill is in its early stages, waiting for co-sponsors and to be referred to an appropriate committee.
Leach believes his legislation would receive bi-partisan support because it could save roughly $325 million in “criminal justice costs,” and it would add privacy for citizens.
State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-202) previously proposed legislation to legalize the use of medical marijuana, and will re-introduce it again this session.
Cohen supports full legalization of the drug, but "believes his framework for legalizing medical marijuana is a more realistic goal in Pennsylvania"
Leach says he is confident that his bill legalizing marijuana, or a similar version of it, will pass due to the changing demographics of the state.
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