| Posted on Fri, February, 27th 2015 by THCFinder
Two Pennsylvania state senators have offered a bill that would legalize the possession and recreational use of of marijuana in the Keystone State.
While the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering doing away with state liquor stores and weighing the legalization of medical marijuana, Sens. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, and Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, would like the state's Liquor Control Board to take on the legal sale of recreational marijuana, according to a bill submitted Wednesday.
The effort is "in the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes and individual freedom," the senators wrote in the introduction of the "Regulate Marijuana Act."
But first things first, Leach said Friday.
"I imagine the focus will be on medical this year," Leach said. "It's sort of an easier lift for some people, and in some peoples' lives, more urgent. There are sick people who need their medicine."
If the recreational use Bill 528, which was sent to the Senate's Law and Justice Committee, were to become law, those 21 and older would be allowed to buy or grow marijuana for personal use, the proposed legislation says.
Purchasers would have to show proof of age, it would be illegal to sell to those underage and driving under the influence would remain a crime, the bill says.
"Legitimate, state-operated stores, and not criminal actors, will conduct sales of marijuana," the bill says.
Marijuana paraphernalia would also be legalized under the legislation.
"Possessing, growing, processing or transporting not more than six marijuana plants, with not more than three being mature, flowering plants" would be legal.
There's aren't any limits to how much processed marijuana a person could possess, because it would be a legal product, Leach said.
Personal processing of marijuana would be legal if done in a "locked space and is not conducted openly or publicly."
"Transfer" of an ounce or less to another person would be legal as long as it's free.
"Marijuana cultivation facilities" would be licensed by the state.
The Liquor Control Board would oversee pricing, which must be "proportional with prices paid by the board to its suppliers and reflect any advantage obtained through volume purchases by the board," the bill says.