Leach and Street Bill seeks to legalize cannabis for adult use in Pennsylvania and their proposed model emphasizes minority ownership and criminal justice reform
Harrisburg, PA – Embattled State Senator Daylin Leach and his colleague State Senator Sharif Street announced Monday, March 18 new legislation that would end Pennsylvania’s prohibition of cannabis and ultimately legalize marijuana for adult-use in Pennsylvania.
“We’ve had a cruel, irrational and expensive policy on cannabis for more than 80 years,” Leach said. “Prohibition has destroyed countless lives and has cost our taxpayers millions of dollars."
This issue is a core aspect of Leach's platform, and something is a progressive change he has championed for Pennsylvania to adopt.
"It’s time we walk into the bright sunshine of enlightenment and stop arresting our kids and funding violent drug cartels," he said of this new legislation Senate Bill 350. "This will be a tough battle, but so was passing medical marijuana. We did that, and we will do this. The stakes are too high for us to fail.”
Street also chimed in with strong support for their bill.
“An end to the prohibition of cannabis is overdue,” Street said. “It is time for us to join the emerging cannabis economy with the legalization of the Adult Use of Cannabis in PA., which should not be a crime when responsibly used by adults nor mandate medical oversight."
Citing some of the issues the bill hopes to address head on, Street said that adult-use Marijuana would help the state because "the economic imperatives are too great."
"We also have a moral mandate to correct the damage that disparate enforcement of our Marijuana Laws has done and is still doing to communities across the commonwealth,” Street added.
Leach and Street’s legislation will end the destruction caused by cannabis prohibition and will establish a reasonable and fair protocol for the legal sale, consumption, taxation, and regulation of cannabis.
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