Lawmaker lauds Colorado’s handling of marijuana

In this  Aug. 4, 2013 photo, a man identified only as Pedro prepares a marijuana cigarette at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
In this Aug. 4, 2013 photo, a man identified only as Pedro prepares a marijuana cigarette at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state senator who is charging a nearly $5,000 trip to taxpayers to see how Colorado is dealing with marijuana’s legalization says it’s home to a high-tech, high-paid industry and isn’t a state full of “stoners.”

Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County wrote an editorial this week about his three-day trip last weekend with three staff aides.

Leach is perhaps the Pennsylvania Legislature’s foremost proponent of legalizing marijuana.

Sen. Mike Folmer of Lebanon County traveled to Colorado for a three-day trip with a staff aide two months ago. A spokesman says they paid their own way. Folmer supports a narrower legalization of a marijuana extract for medical purposes.

A bill co-sponsored by Leach and Folmer awaits a Senate vote. House GOP leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett oppose it.

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