Saturday, February 2, 2013

PA Senator: Legalizing Marijuana Could Bring in Millions

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As Gov. Corbett lays the groundwork to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor stores and fund education this year with the revenue raised, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has offered an alternative plan: legalize marijuana and generate a constant revenue source for the state to use for years to come.

“We don’t need to sell our state stores to the highest bidder to bring in money to fund education, especially if the money gained can only be used once,” Leach said. “This plan may help our state in the short term, but is a foolish long term strategy, as it offers no permanent solutions. Why eliminate a constant revenue stream when we could keep it, continue to benefit from it, and add to it by regulating, taxing and selling marijuana under the state store umbrella?”

Corbett’s proposal would relinquish the state’s control over its liquor stores and use the $1 billion raised from licensing fees to fund a four-year state education grant program. Under the plan, schools could only use the block grant funds for school safety purposes, to create individualized learning plans, to improve reading and math skills in early elementary classrooms and for science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. The plan would aim to resolve a major crisis our public schools faced after Corbett slashed $1 billion in education funding in his first budget.


Leach, who this session will introduce a marijuana legalization bill, said the answer our state is looking for is simple.

“In addition to raising millions of dollars per year from tax revenue, Pennsylvania would save more than $325 million per year by legalizing marijuana. The most conservative estimates say the revenue generated by taxing the sales of marijuana would amount to at least $24 million per year. Legalizing marijuana and taxing its sale could provide a multi-million dollar reoccurring revenue source that our state could tap into for years to come,” Leach said.

Under the terms of Leach’s bill, marijuana would be a regulated product, treated similarly to alcohol. He noted that his bill would not change current laws against driving under the influence of marijuana, selling marijuana to minors and disorderly conduct while publicly intoxicated.

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14 comments:

Dave Mowers said...

Why not crack? Why not heroin? Why not methamphetamine? If it is really only about money and tax revenues then legalize all of it and have the State addict millions but get plenty of money to throw at supports of campaigns and family-owned companies so you all get rich off the public and the poor's suffering? Go for it, you only care about money anyway.

Anonymous said...

Taxing Alcohol would bring in trillions..That aint never gonna happen,hey why let all the drunks pay for that $ 280 Billion a year in costs because of alcohol use,JUST TAX SMOKERS RIGHT ?

Anonymous said...

"schools could only use the block grant funds for school safety purposes" can IMO become a bottomless pit of waste if not narrowly managed. If anyone doubts that, I suggest you consider what has happened with DHS funds.
As for those that would oppose this, I ask that you consider that it is perfectly legal for the government to sell and tax some of the most destructive chemicals and intoxicants (pills & alcohol) that kills thousands every year while a failed prohibition of a plant that is incapable of causing a single death continues to ruin lives with expensive attempts at enforcement and jail.

Hide Behind said...

If the people want to pay for it why not let them pay for it?
Beeen a believer in not legalizing but decriminalizing pot since first inhale of "Mary Jane" in 1950's and a believer in free enterprize of home brewed alcoholic beverages as well.
That said I am also not a user of drugs nor much of an inbiber of alcohol either!
It is none of govs buisness what we drink or smoke outside of any place not under contract to act as tax collecting agents of the state.
For you with cold dead hands hams and heads, why do we have so many states that "allow private contract sales of weapons between private individuals" and no tax but cannot buy an fn plant or soon grow one without paying the STATE?
All this medical Bull( yes it does alleviate pain and suffering and has multiple uses) is smoke and mirrors for those who just want to get high without becoming paranoid frantic.
HAS NOT A damn thong to do with freedom or increasing personal Rights, as you allow the government to have even greater influence into your life.
Pot in a way is an addiction one where they who are afficted will pay for their own adfiction.
PUNK ON CORNER HAS KNOWN THAT FOREVER BUTNOW HE HAS A NEW DEALER ON THAT CORNER, THE STATE.

Hide Behind said...

If the people want to pay for it why not let them pay for it?
Beeen a believer in not legalizing but decriminalizing pot since first inhale of "Mary Jane" in 1950's and a believer in free enterprize of home brewed alcoholic beverages as well.
That said I am also not a user of drugs nor much of an inbiber of alcohol either!
It is none of govs buisness what we drink or smoke outside of any place not under contract to act as tax collecting agents of the state.
For you with cold dead hands hams and heads, why do we have so many states that "allow private contract sales of weapons between private individuals" and no tax but cannot buy an fn plant or soon grow one without paying the STATE?
All this medical Bull( yes it does alleviate pain and suffering and has multiple uses) is smoke and mirrors for those who just want to get high without becoming paranoid frantic.
HAS NOT A damn thong to do with freedom or increasing personal Rights, as you allow the government to have even greater influence into your life.
Pot in a way is an addiction one where they who are afficted will pay for their own adfiction.
PUNK ON CORNER HAS KNOWN THAT FOREVER BUTNOW HE HAS A NEW DEALER ON THAT CORNER, THE STATE.

Anonymous said...

Dave, take a step back and try to soak in what you just said. The reason this bill is even viable is because Marijuana is a demonized drug that is in fact much less harmful than either tobacco or alcohol. For this reason, legalizing a drug that is much safer than currently legal (and most if not all other illegal) drugs for the sake of creating tax revenue simply makes sense. Equating cannabis to meth, heroin, and crack is just plain ignorant.

Shadowfax said...

dave that is a moronic comment,to equate pot with crack and heroin is completely idiotic.pot is the safest recreational drug you can consume,unlike alcohol.

Anonymous said...

People are going to smoke weed whether or not it's illegal. So why not regulate and tax it; bring Cannabis "out of the shadows" along with the illegal immigrants.

Hide Behind said...

There is one big lie going on and that is a steady revenue means stability.
Name a state that actually pays for projects cash in hand.
Having a hard time Finding one; Why is that?
Mainly it is because they, they are we after all, and just like we do we buy on the installment.
Theirs is usually 5; 7; 10; 15; or more years by putting interest bearing bonds against their projected income.
In fact every state that received a settlment from Big Tobacco which was yearly payments. Sold those payments which were 30 year within 6 years at less than 70 cenyts on the dollar and through that money into general slush funds.
What will they tax and at what level of taxation will they stop at when you know darn well theywill once again find available revenue cannt pay the bills or at best pay only thr rent and their salarys.

Anonymous said...

First off, the drug war is a war upon the people; you never see a cop point a gun at cannabis. One in eight inmates in prison is for cannabis, this is absurd. An average inmate costs the state about $35-50k a year, that savings alone would allow the state to spend public money on real life enhancing projects or pay off debt. Imprisoning people for the consumption of a flower is stupid. Fact, no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose. Fact, cannabis reduces/cures cancer tumors; the federal government has known this since 1974 (look it up). In an age when cancer now affects 80% of the population, curing oneself with this herb is vital. Fact, big pharma does not cure illness, there is no money in curing people.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Congress should issue $50,000 platinum coins a mounth per prisoner to bailout the privet prison system so as not to be a burdento the tax payer ?

Les Stark said...

One thing not often factored in to the equation is the possibilities of a revived hemp industry. I am the author of Hempstone Heritage,a book about the once great and flourishing hemp industry of Pennsylvania. Hemp was especially prevalent in Lancaster County, where we have East and West Hempfield Twp, both so named for the "Vast quantities of hemp raised there".

Between the years of 1720-1870, there were over 100 water-powered mills for processing hemp fiber, just in Lancaster County alone and dozens more in all of the surrounding counties. There were almost as many mills for processing oil from the many tons of excess hemp seed, a natural byproduct of the hemp fields.

On my Facebook page, Pennsylvania Hempland Security, I post historical facts, stories and tid bits of Pennsylvania hemp history on a near daily basis, as well as trying to garner support for a revived hemp industry in the future and the passage of Daylin Leach's legislation.

All those in favor say YAY. All oppose - get out of the way!

Anonymous said...

dave,you need to get your facts right before you engage your mouth!! industrial hemp would be a win,win industry for our entire country! and while you are at it listen to the dean of harvard med. school talk about the medical aspects of this god given plant!! then if you have the least bit of intelect you can post the truth.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see someone "Daylin Leach" knows what to do. But what the people need to know that he doesn't address is that Marijuana is as harmless as a glass of drinking water. There is an hour and fourty minute documentary called The Union: The Business Behind Getting High and it shows you all of the nonsense that's been fed to everyone about how "Marijuana is possibly the worst drug known to man" and "that it's a gateway drug to harder drugs" those are the words from our late president Regan. Such bull... The movie also goes on to show you that Marijuana is the most beneficial flower ever and it contains more than 60 therapeutic compounds that are healing agents in medical and herbal treatments that aids hundreds of ailments that plague society.

That would literally put every pharmaceutical company out of business. If you cant sleep? smoke pot. If you suffer from depression or get stressed out? Smoke pot. If you have cancer? Smoke pot. If you suffer from anorexia? Smoke pot. If you suffer from Asthma, Glaucoma, Tumors, Nausea, AIDS, Sea Sickness, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Body Pain, Muscle Spams, Arthritis, Herpes, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatism, Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Headaches and Migraines, Alzheimer's smoke pot. I can seriously keep going on.... You'll possibly never have to pop another pill again, and who knows what types of side effects come with those pills. Example. HEY, I cant sleep. Let's get Lunesta. GREAT I have depression and thoughts of suicide BUT at least I can sleep... Wow. Society is really blind.

Tobacco kills more than 400,000 people a year, about 75,000 people die a year from alcohol... The number of people that died from Marijuana, 0. That's right. NOT ONE account of death EVER from Marijuana. Tobacco Should be a Schedule 1 Narcotic, Not Marijuana. I am a fellow pot smoker and I honestly do it because my job has excessive amounts of stress. So I come home and smoke a little and all that stress from that days work just melts away and I feel great. Don't have a care in the world what just possibly happened at work that day. Plus I suffer from color blindness and Marijuana also aids in that too. First hand account here on that study, I visit my Doc once every two months and get a color blind test and every test I do better. Beat that shit! I smoke because it makes me a better person. PERIOD.

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