Advocacy group backs bill to legalize, tax marijuana in PA

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 30, 2013 6:17 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A measure to legalize and tax marijuana sales in the commonwealth has the backing of a major advocacy group. The NAACP of Pennsylvania is supporting a bill that would regulate the drug. The group's David Scott says African Americans are more frequently the target of anti-drug enforcement efforts.

“In Pennsylvania blacks are 5.2 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites – even though they use drugs at the same rate,” says Scott.

State Senator Daylin Leach, who sponsored the proposal, believes the money from taxing marijuana could provide funds for schools and other initiatives. The Montgomery County Democrat says states like Colorado and Washington are already seeing benefits from legalizing marijuana.

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