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Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, January 16:
Pennsylvania has a reputation as a conservative state. Change, especially when it involves social issues, comes slowly.
With that in mind, can you picture a day when marijuana would be fully legal in Pennsylvania -- either for medical or recreational purposes?
State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) can. Sen. Leach has proposed legalizing marijuana and regulating its sale and usage much like alcohol. Only those over the age of 21 could buy pot and driving under it's influence would be a crime.
Leach will be a guest on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss a range of issues, including his proposal to legalize marijuana. By the way, Gov. Tom Corbett has already promised to veto the bill if it ever made it to his desk, saying marijuana is a gateway drug and leads to more drug abuse.
Leach is almost the polar opposite of Corbett on social issues. Regular Radio Smart Talk listeners heard the governor's views on a number of topics two weeks ago. On Wednesday, they can hear Leach and his thoughts on issues that include same-sex marriage and gun laws.
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