Advocates say hemp, marijuana could be PA's next cash crop

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 18, 2013 4:00 AM

(Lancaster) -- A state senator's effort to legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania is being applauded by people who say it could be a valuable cash crop.

State Senator Daylin Leach has proposed legalizing marijuana for recreational use and regulating it much like the sale of alcohol through the state store system.

Advocates say legalizing pot and its relative, industrial hemp, could be an economic boon for the commonwealth.

Lancaster County-based hemp historian Les Stark says the plant has dozens of uses.

"It's a natural, non-toxic, non-lethal, renewable, sustainable resource for food, fuel, fiber, medicine, paper, plastics, fiberboard and thousands of other products," Stark says.

Governor Corbett calls marijuana a "gateway drug" and says he would veto any legalization bill.

The most recent Franklin and Marshall College poll shows 55 percent of respondents oppose legalization.

However, the same survey by the Lancaster-based college reveals 82 percent of those surveyed "strongly" or "somewhat" favor medical marijuana.

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