Pennsylvania senator says he’ll pen bill to legalize pot


A state senator who co-authored the legislation that brought medical marijuana to Pennsylvania says he’s drafting a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

“This is going to happen,” Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware, Montgomery) wrote on Twitter. “Senator [Sharif] Street and I are currently meeting with experts from all across the country and drafting the best adult use bill in the nation. Roll-out in January. Prohibition is on life-support!”

Leach was responding to Governor Tom Wolf’s comments that he thinks it’s time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana. The Democratic governor was answering questions from the public on Twitter when he said more and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, and Pennsylvania needs to keep learning from their effort.

The Republican leader in the state Senate, Majority Leader Jake Corman, called Wolf’s position “reckless and irresponsible.” In a statement, Corman said legalized recreational marijuana sends the wrong message to youth and he would do everything in his power to prevent it.

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