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Marijuana Legalization in Pennsylvania Gets Allies

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The Pennsylvania capital of Harrisburg is abuzz with talk of a new bill introduced by State Senator Daylin Leach that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the state. After a report by the American Civil Liberties Union on the matter, the NAACP has thrown its support behind the bill, as has another group that might surprise some: members of law enforcement.

Neill Franklin, the executive director of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) said, “The federal government reports that 60-70 percent of profits from illegal drug trade come from marijuana.”

LEAP’s official stance is that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. They assert that it is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable – while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.

For its part, the NAACP sees this as falling within their purview, as well. Their position is that ‘tough on crime’ policies have failed the nation and its families, while ‘smart on crime’ policies work.

They point out that, according to Department of Justice data, the U.S. leads the world in the incarceration of its own citizens, both on a per capita basis and in terms of total prison population. More than 500,000 of the 2.3 million people behind bars in the U.S. are incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses.

Both the NAACP and LEAP feel that Pennsylvania would be better served by not spending $35 million per year on arresting, incarcerating and monitoring people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana. Instead they want that money to go toward helping public education, fixing roads and providing tax cuts.

The Pennsylvania bill’s sponsors do not expect it to come up for a vote in the current Senate session, but do plan to reintroduce it in the next session in the Fall.

Marijuana Legalization in Pennsylvania Gets Allies


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  • Mike

    Finally a real reason to legalize something. Legalize and tax the hell out of it like tobacco products and get revenues instead of spending all that money to prosecute and incarcerate, however they want control but this will give them money in the bank to use.

    ‘Both the NAACP and LEAP feel that Pennsylvania would be better served by not spending $35 million per year on arresting, incarcerating and monitoring people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana. Instead they want that money to go toward helping public education, fixing roads and providing tax cuts.’

    • dd

      this should have been done when steady eddie rendell was governor. it would have stood a fighting chance of being legalized under him. after all, he made it ok for cyclists to ride without helmets. corbett seems an a**wipe to me, but, then again, i don’t know everything.

  • Bryan

    This is just what we need…an eastern state with full recreational legalization. I almost think that having PA legalize before California will be enough of a mindfuck to ensure added momentum nationwide.

    • Travis

      Agreed!

      • erik

        whats next cocaine and herion ?who do think the drug cartels are going to start killing when there money stops coming in?

        • fcmbor

          Yes and yes. When drugs are legal there won’t be any drug cartels. Its funny that you seem to be suggesting we keep drugs illegal to appease drug cartels.

        • Blind Melon Chitlin

          Typical ‘knee-jerk’ and ignorant comment. When you learn to use proper grammar and recognize the myriad of differences between marijuana and those other substances that you mentioned, then you can come back and comment again, hopefully with a clearer understanding.

          • jackpot

            Ty captain corrector for the grammar lesson.

        • Mongo

          Yoo spel reel gooode. I lyke too shoot herion! Friggin retaed! LOL!

        • Bent Ears Audio Laboratories

          The word in that particular context is spelled “T-H-E-I-R”. Also the drug is spelled “H-E-R-O-I-N”.
          Proofread! Proofread!

        • Kate B

          The cartels will kill THEMSELVES

  • Christina

    My choice is what I choose to do…and if I’m causing no harm why should it bother you?

    • edispilf

      Your choice is who you choose to be, and if you’re ‘causin’ no harm than you’re alright with me.

  • Bill Meade

    Makes sense to me

  • Michael Eidsvik

    Stop wasting money and resources arresting, prosecuting and warehousing nonviolent people for something so simple. Legalize it already…

  • steve

    I work for a major arms manufacturing corp. and we are against legalization. Most of our income comes from selling arms to foreign and domestic war machines who sell drugs to buy our weapons. We need to keep arming Al-Qaeda, the Mexican drug cartels and U.S. street gangs so the U.S. can keep spreading Democracy or we’ll go broke. Capitalism comes in many forms, so please vote no on legalization.

    • really…?

      use one of those guns that you sell to drug dealers and terrorist and just do the world a favor and shoot yourself in the face. thank you.

    • Ted

      I hope they legalize it and your company goes out of business. Your company has caused more problems than marijuana buy supplying those groups. Those groups have caused more havoc on America than legalizing marijuana would.

      • Blind Melon Chitlin

        I’m not 100% sure you guys, but I do think that Steve was being sarcastic, right Steve?

      • Mongo

        He was obviously kidding, idiot.

    • Mongo

      Very funny dude! From all the thumbs down you got, obviously ppl aren’t picking up on your sarcasm. Very clever. LOL!

      • steve

        Yes I was being sarcastic, but my statement is true. Where do all these groups get the money to by weapons? From drug sales. So it isn’t in the interest of our military/industrial/complex to legalize drugs, as it would put their war machine out of business.

        Not only the major arms manufacturers, but alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical companies would take a hit. To ensure drugs aren’t legalized, they secretly pay off our congressmen to be on their side, as we know they aren’t on ours.

        Actually, these companies are on the side of Al-Qaeda.

        • Blind Melon Chitlin

          I know you are right Steve, but I’m hoping that even the warmongers of the MIC will recognize that the legalization of weed would only put a small dent into their insidious operation, or that even they are powerless to stop it’s inevitable legalization.

    • drock

      if He Was Serious He Would Know That Most Marijuana Is Grown Domestically And the Money For Those Arms Come From Opium and Opioids

  • REID

    whether it’s good for you or not is not my concern. I see the legal apparatus abusing throngs of our citizens marking them for life creating a whole subclass of second class citizens furthering their careers on the backs of those oppressed in this senseless War on Drugs. It’s used to extort money and keep the old ladies in constant fear of the “teenagers” that are ready to breach the fortress walls. I’ve lived in “dry” counties that became wet. You know what I never felt the urge to drink because of it. We allow women to decide whether or not they will carry their babies to term because we have decided that they are free to do as they please with their life and the life of the innocent child their carry. Yet we somehow take it upon ourselves to dictate whether or not we want to possess or use marijuana. I my own county marijuana is routinely used to extort money and property from young people . It’s wrong and needs to stop.

    • Blind Melon Chitlin

      Anytime the USA declares a ‘War’ on ANYTHING, it is an absolute farce. Thanks for your comments.

      • blowjob betty

        The should declare war on you for being a ugly obese slut

      • blowjob betty

        They need to declare war on your ugly obese azz.

  • shirley

    I don’t use it, but I do think it should be legalized. The government found a way to legalize alcohol, and as stated in another comment, they did the same with tobacco products. Let’s look at it this way, how many times we hear about drunk drivers, and the health effects of smoking cigarettes, and yet it’s still legal to buy both. The government says it’s broke, well if you want to get out of debt quickly, VOTE YES.

    • http://wedproNews ronnie

      I would then think we could start production of Hemp fuel so trucker across the country could run their engines without harming the air.

    • Lisa

      You’re definitely right!!

    • blowjob betty

      your husband uses it while i’m giving him a blowjob.

  • http://wedproNews ronnie

    I think the federal and congress should make it legal across the country! Calf. whole income is base on the product. should each state tax it we could pay school taxes for all the kids.

  • CC

    I hope it does get legalized cause alcohol is worse but thats legalized.

    • But…..

      Well… in alcohol’s case, prohibition and the violence/illegal trading of alcohol caused the legalization of it to be reinstated… don’t know why marijuana has been illegal for so long, should’ve learned that legalization and taxation were the better way to deal with the crime.

    • Mongo

      Truer words were never written. When do you read about a guy who did a bong hit going the wrong way on a highway and wiping out a car full of people? NEVER! Booze is the worst drug there is, but there’s money to be made, so it’s legal. STUPID!

      • Lisa

        I totally agree with what you said but why end with ‘STUPID’? Maybe there’s some people out there that just don’t get what they’re trying to do and they’re just asking?

        • drock

          the Stupid At The End Of His Comment Was Directed To The Legalization If Booze Not Towards Any Persons.

  • david russial

    Legalize it. Don’t crticize it. I live in PA. I doubt this will go anywhere.

  • Alex Anderson

    FUCK YES

  • k

    Be very care what you ask for.

  • Kathleen Sprowls

    sure makes me want to relocate.love going out to the back yard,building a little campfire,put on a little music and smoking a little.VERY RELAXING!!! And how about helping the economy! farmers have another crop,grocery stores have another product in their produce section,and look at the taxes for each state!sounds like a winning situation to me!!!!!!!!

    • blowjob betty

      Yea your old man tells me about that while hes banging me in your bed

      • Blind Melon Chitlin

        Based on your posts you sound like you could use a hit or 500. Chill out will ya?

  • g

    from a recovering addict view point it is still considered a mind mood altering substance but its just like alcohol i think is should be legal that doesn’t mean i have to use it

    • blowjob betty

      G, recovering addict? Everyone hates a quieter

      • Bent Ears Audio Laboratories

        I presume you meant “quitter”.

      • ura pcachit

        learn to spell ya crackwhore oxycontin cunt

  • mike steiger

    lets put mexico out of business

  • Kevin Beck

    I am a 58 year old father of four and grandfather of 11 awesome grand kids. I am writing in support of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania. I am a fairly conservative retired federal correctional worker who has watched millions of dollars being wasted to prosecute, and incarcerate non violent marijuana users. It cost’s the tax payers approx. $30,000.00 a year just to keep one offender in jail for 365 days. This is crazy. I am in strong support of the concept of legalization and regulation. This would supply the state with many millions of dollars in revenue that normally would not be there and maybe, just maybe give the residents of Pennsylvania some badly needed tax relief.

    Marijuana has been here for ever, created by the creator, It’s not been manufactured and in my opinion, it’s not a gateway item either.

    Thank you Sen. Leach for your taking this bull by the horns and please do not let this issue fall through the cracks. This lifelong republican and retired law enforcement member supports your efforts on this matter 100%.

    • Blind Melon Chitlin

      Thank you sir for that very practical and logical post.

  • Professional Street Walker

    I get illegal drugs from johns all the time as payment. If they make it legal, i could lose half my income. Please vote against this bill.

    • http://eddie ed

      well looks like you might wanna find a new and real job

    • ura pcachit

      you might need it sooner than ya think ya dirty cum dumster! better vote yes you prob say yes to EVERYTHING else in your pathetic diseASED LIFE! HAVE FUN SPREADING STDS!

  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster featuring Uncle Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

  • Vapor

    Expect it to pass. The NAACP always gets their way.

  • Dan

    Legalize it!! Al Capone was out of a job the very next day prohibition ended, and so will all these cartels. Plus it’s far easier to get weed than alcohol for teens. A drug dealer never asks to see your ID. Also PA can use the money to fix up their piece of shit roads.

  • David Penn

    not legal, not illegal, not decriminalized…..ADMIT THAT THIS TERRORIST MOVEMENT IS BASED ON A COMMUNIST HALLUCINATION OF LOW INFORMATION VOTERS!

  • SkywalkerPurple

    LEGALIZE IT..

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