Pa. lawmaker reintroducing marijuana legislation

Pa. lawmaker reintroducing marijuana legislation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state senator said 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 said state laws have treated pot smokers as criminals for 75 years, even though they harmed no other person or property.

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

Leach said 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.