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February 11, 2013

State lawmaker reintroducing marijuana legislation

HARRISBURG — A state senator says marijuana should be legalized and taxed in Pennsylvania to raise revenue and remove the threat of criminal prosecution for pot users.

Sen. Daylin Leach said Monday at a news conference that he's introducing a bill to do just that.

Leach says state laws have treated pot smokers as criminals for 75 years, even though they harmed no other person or property.

He proposes that pot be sold with liquor and wine at the state stores to people who are at least 21.

Leach says Pennsylvania needlessly spends $350 million a year prosecuting, incarcerating and monitoring marijuana crimes. He claims that taxing legal marijuana and marijuana businesses could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Gov. Tom Corbett has said he'd veto any legalization bill.

 

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