New Poll Could Impact Marijuana Legalization In PA

By Paul Kurtz and Alexandria Hoff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Medicinal marijuana is on the way here in Pennsylvania, and legalized recreational pot may not be far behind.

In the latest CBS News poll, 61% of Americans believe that smoking weed for fun should be legalized. That’s the highest percentage ever recorded in this survey.

“If people can smoke cigarettes in public, why not marijuana?” said one woman.

“It would be good to kinda have something where people will come and actually spend money and it would be taxable and help the economy,” one man tells CBS3.

For State Senator Daylin Leach, the new figure is fresh ammo in his ongoing crusade to legalize pot in Pennsylvania.

Leach has, for the third time, introduced legislation in the Senate, but says that this poll could embolden many of the bill’s opponents who were worried about blow-back from their constituents.

“Hopefully this poll will go a long way toward convincing them that it is in fact safe to say what you believe, which is that it’s time to stop treating the responsible use of marijuana has a criminal justice issue,” said Leach.

“I came up in the 60’s. I never smoked it. I never liked it. And I don’t appreciate it,” said one woman.

Even some seasoned pot smokers  told Eyewitness News off camera yhat they don’t appreciate the idea of legalizing marijuana either  because it opens the door for big business to take over.

Last year, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Leach believes it is inevitable that recreational use will be legalized within the next few years.

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One Comment

  1. Looking for the demented pothead army to spam this site….

    1. Jim Heffner says:

      Ray Sagastiano, have you always had trouble playing with others? I bet you never studied logic or participated on a debate team. I have a shrink at the VA that says I’m not demented. You say pothead like it’s a bad thing. At least I don’t drink or do hard drugs until I’m unable to make a pertinent comment.

      Four guys walking down the street find a bottle of booze, drink it, get drunk and start a fight.
      Four guys walking down the street find a joint, smoke it, get stoned, and start a band.

      Next time you thank a Vet for our service how about just helping to allow us the freedoms we fought for and let us grow our own.

    2. Jim Heffner says:

      Spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send an unsolicited message (spam), especially advertising. I don’t spam but I guess I’m an army of one person.

  2. Mae Clark says:

    A large percentage of the pot sold in Colorado is laundered smuggled Mexican pot.

    1. Jim Heffner says:

      Mae Clark, now where did you pull that alternative fact from?

  3. Back when the Feds made Martin King Day a nation holiday the state of Arizona didn’t want to comply with recognizing it as a holiday. The Feds told them that if the state didn’t comply all the Fed. money ear marked for Az. would be held back. I bet if the Feds. stood their ground and informed these states that the money ear marked for them would be held back until they comply with the Feds. law on pot.i

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