HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator says he tried some marijuana on his taxpayer-funded trip to Colorado to see how the state’s marijuana industry is working.

Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach said Friday he took two hits from a vape pen, similar to an e-cigarette, at his hotel. He says it was the first time he had used marijuana in about 25 years.

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A vape pen vaporizes a form of marijuana and is smokeless. He says it was a gift from a facility he and aides toured during the official trip, which cost nearly $5,000.

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He says the legal weed caused him to giggle a bit through dinner. Afterward, he says he did something unusual — he watched a romantic comedy on TV.

Leach is a leading proponent of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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