Daylin Leach Meets Legal Pot, Likes It

State senator went to Colorado to see legalization in action.

State Sen. Daylin Leach visits Colorado, courtesy his Facebook page.

State Sen. Daylin Leach visits Colorado, courtesy his Facebook page.

State Sen. Daylin Leach has long been known for his pro-pot position — especially where medical marijuana is concerned. Now he’s a true believer: He and three legislative staffers just went to Colorado, where joints grow on trees weed is legal, and he likes what he saw.

Writing for the York Daily Record, Leach says:

The thing that became most clear during our trip is what a tremendous economic opportunity this is. The larger grow facility we toured employs 65 people in high-paying horticultural jobs. The labs we saw employed doctors, medical technicians, mechanical engineers and extensive support staff. The dispensaries employed security, technicians and even the sales force, known as “bud-tenders,” had to be highly educated about their products, and thus commanded a very good salary.

Further, the tax revenues coming into the state are astronomical. It is estimated that in the first six months of legal cannabis, the State of Colorado has pulled in well over $50 million in direct tax revenues, plus millions more from licensing fees, and indirect businesses such as paraphernalia companies, apparel, tourism, etc. Also, residential as well as warehouse real estate (that would otherwise be dilapidated and abandoned) is being snapped up at premium prices. This is all on top of the millions saved by not having to prosecute tens of thousands of people for marijuana offenses.

This is probably the best “what I did on my summer vacation” report, ever.

He adds: “It was also clear that Colorado has not turned into a state full of ‘stoners.'” He says marijuana prohibition is on its way to the “ash heap of history.”

Left unanswered by the column:

• Who paid for the field trip to Legalized Pot Utopia.
• Whether Leach or his staffers partook. Legally, of course.

Anyway, read the whole thing. Colorado was already a nice state before marijuana legalization. Of course, there was still a lot of marijuana being smoked then, too.

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  • marcine cohen

    The history of industrial hemp, which we’re forced to call, “marihuana,” has been omitted, from our school textbooks, for 80 years. This is one, incalculable, cost, of, cannabis prohibition…

  • josephdupont

    Dear Editor,

    I’m so very proud of Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach for his scientific study which contributed so very much to a better understanding of getting high on pot! What an amazing accomplishment!

    I don’t know anyone who would deny someone with cancer, legal access to marijuana to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy. Perhaps that’s why the NY Times reported that about 50% of doctors WOULD NOT TAKE CHEMOTHERAPY! Maybe instead of wanting to get high again, Sen. Leach could push for legalizing alternate treatments for cancer and doing a better scientific study to find out why cancer rates are growing, especially in young kids!

    But Senator Daylin wants to go further than using pot to aid cancer victims. He wants to pot totally legal in Pennsylvania so that his daughter Brennan Alice and son Justin Robert will have better access to it . Legal or not Sen. Leach better be aware that if minors have access to your stash the authorities can take you kids away from you. But then you can see that Sen Leach used Bill Clinton in his campaign ads. Just think Sen. Leach, Bill Clinton would have used your daughter as he did Monica Lewinsky under the right conditions. Clinton would do it for the worst reason… because he could! I look forward to donating to who ever runs against you.