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Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: January 11th, 2013
Pennsylvania poised to legalize marijuana?

Add Pennsylvania to the growing number of states now looking to legalize the possession of marijuana. According to CBS, a state senator plans to introduce legislation to do just that.

Democrat State Sen. Daylin Leach represents Montgomery and Delaware counties announced his “bill would legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and regulated just like alcohol is. It would still be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, behave badly while publicly intoxicated, or sell pot to minors.”

Governor Corbett has come out against the legalization of marijuana, for both medicinal and recreational use.

In another news conference in neighboring New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced one of his top priorities this year is to decriminalize the possession of marijuana, siting that it’s the most common crime committee in his state and unjustly affects mostly young people and minorities.

According to Raw Story, “It’s not fair, it’s not right,” Cuomo said. “It must end, and it must end now.”

What makes the arrests more onerous is that “roughly half of the marijuana arrests in New York City were people who did not display the drug publicly but were ultimately charged as doing so thanks to a “stop and frisk” search, according to a survey by the civil rights group Bronx Defenders.” Which means that they were not committed in a public place or the result of a flagrant violation of the law.

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