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Daylin Leach, nice cop

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 16, 2013 12:16 PM

Photo by General Assembly website

One of the state Legislature’s most vocal Democratic senators on social issues is Daylin Leach. He’s known for cracking wise, opposing the voter ID law passed last spring, and, most recently, for dodging a tough question about horse-sized ducks.

Today the Montgomery County senator was a guest on witf’s Radio Smart Talk to talk about his bill to legalize marijuana use for adults of drinking age.

The bill has only two sponsors, none of them Republican. Leach shrugs that off, saying most lawmakers don’t want the kind of controversy that comes with the proposal.

He still thinks a secret poll of the General Assembly would find that most lawmakers support the bill.

“I’m sure there are members of the Legislature who use marijuana who have not cosponsored this legislation,” he said.

RST host Scott LaMar was quick with the follow-up:

LaMar: You’re saying members of the Legislature who use marijuana now?

Leach: I have a suspicion that’s true.

LaMar: Why?

Leach: I’m just a suspicious kind of guy. Let’s just leave it at that.

Check out the audio file here. You can hear all about Leach’s “suspicion” at the 45-minute mark.

And, in case you were wondering: Leach says he doesn’t use marijuana himself, although he used to.

“I don’t use marijuana -- I did in high school and college,” said Leach. “I inhaled, there was a couple years where I didn’t even exhale. But those -- those days are over.”

This post has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Scott LaMar's name. 


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