Recreational marijuana use bill offered in Pennsylvania Senate

Two Pennsylvania state senators have offered a bill that would legalize the possession and recreational use of of marijuana in the Keystone State.

While the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering doing away with state liquor stores and weighing the legalization of medical marijuana, Sens. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, and Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, would like the state's Liquor Control Board to take on the legal sale of recreational marijuana, according to a bill submitted Wednesday.

The effort is "in the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes and individual freedom," the senators wrote in the introduction of the "Regulate Marijuana Act."

But first things first, Leach said Friday.

"I imagine the focus will be on medical this year," Leach said. "It's sort of an easier lift for some people, and in some peoples' lives, more urgent. There are sick people who need their medicine."...

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