AG Kathleen Kane says she opposes decriminalizing marijuana

Written by The Associated Press | May 17, 2013 11:46 AM

(Harrisburg) -- State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she opposes legislation to decriminalize marijuana.

In a luncheon speech today at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors group, Kane said she views pot as a gateway drug that will lead users to move on to more potent drugs such as oxycodone and heroin.

The Democrat did not close the door on bills that would allow pot to be used for medical purposes, but told the editors and reporters that much more information is needed on what qualifies as a medical use and how it would be prescribed.

Kane, who took office in January, declined to discuss the status of her office's probe of the handling of the state investigation that set off the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

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Comments: 3

  • mred72 img 2013-05-17 15:01

    I am getting less and less enchanted with KK. Common sense says legalization is the only option for pot. Decriminalize it tax it and move on.......the harder drugs are just that HARD DRUGS......the 2 have nothing in common except in the minds of why doesn't booze lead to pot ? and cigs to booze...REALLY..stop filling our prisons with simple working class pot users.....It is insane to think America will ever stop the pot use....HOW'S THAT WAR ON DRUGS REALLY WORKING OUT (its a joke) ???? Use the extra money to stop the hard drugs and empty our jails up our tax dollars and or prison system.

  • neminis23 img 2013-05-18 16:46

    pennsylvania's sarah palin.

    this is precious:

    Rep. Denlinger Questions Attorney General About Drug Issues

  • George Stephanis img 2013-05-21 21:28

    Marijuana Legalization would solve so many of our problems on day one. Here's some facts:

    The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in their 1997 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities that 12.9% of drug prisoners in state prison and 18.9% of those in federal prisons were incarcerated for Marijuana related offenses. That amounts to 27,900 individuals in state and 10,400 in federal prisons -- for a total of 38,300 prisoners.

    It also estimates that 42% of state 'marijuana only' prisoners and 23% of federal 'marijuana only' prisoners were incarcerated for posession -- NOT trafficking. No intent to distribute. That comes to 7,400 in state prisons and 2,300 in federal prisons, for a total of just under 10,000 prisoners -- back in 1997.

    For more on this:

    Regarding her assertion that Marijuana use leads to harder drugs, over 70 million people in the US have tried Marijuana. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug. Indeed, for the vast majority of people, Marijuana is the last drug they try -- not a "gateway" to other drugs. If it were a gateway drug, and if it were so addictive, we would have more than 3 million heroin and cocaine addicts in the US.

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