Legalizing marijuana would generate income, enhance security and employment
This is addressed to the representatives of the State of Erie County: As a member of yours, I ask that you follow the example of your State Senator and support the legalization of cannabis in our state. Senator Dan Laughlin, of Millcreek Township, R-49th Dist., Was the only Republican in this state to stand up and show his support for this common sense legislation.
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I listened to the reasoning of House Republican Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, “Reefer Madness,” as to why he won’t support legalization:
He thinks it’s an introductory drug. This notion is ridiculous, and I hope you don’t agree with the absurd idea that cannabis is an entry drug.
He also said that “if it is already available for those who want it, why legalize it?” This is more alarming than the Gateway’s statement. This means that he supports the destruction that archaic laws have imposed on too many of our citizens.
He also said he didn’t think generating income this way was a good idea. I would ask you if you thought that generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the state annually would be helpful?
He mentioned increasing the potency of cannabis, as well as the application of DUI, which brings me to another point: Studies have repeatedly shown that cannabis use does not increase stroke accidents. road. You cannot use DUI statistics based on cannabis use when it is a fact that cannabis metabolites remain in your body for a long time after use – up to 30 days for regular users. There is also no quantitative evidence for the levels of THC in your system and their relationship to DUIs.
I am a hemp grower here in Erie County and I produce hemp oil which is less than 0.3% THC and if you use my oil regularly you will test positive for THC metabolites. My oil doesn’t cause any spoilage at all, but can put a user at risk of a DUI or job loss due to our unreasonable DUI laws and workplace enforcement. So many people miss out on the natural pain, inflammation and anxiety relief that hemp products provide out of fear of DUI or job loss. Remember, my oil is 100% legal in this state, as well as federally.
Representative Benninghoff is concerned about cannabis use by transit and airline workers. Is he not currently concerned about this problem?
I spent a recent weekend in Westmorland County at an outdoor exhibit to benefit a man who died of cancer. I can tell you that most of the patrons of this event were Republican voters and a large majority of them were also cannabis users and they believe our governor is the legalization blocker. I have informed the Pittsburgh branch of NORML (National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform) and ask them to campaign to counter this misinformation. Imagine what will happen to the Republican Party if this campaign gets the funding it needs to make a massive push on Republican voters across this state.
You should know that New York recently legalized cannabis and your constituents can now cross the border and buy and use cannabis legally. Are you in favor of criminalizing these voters?
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I have heard other lawmakers in this state say that we want this out of the hands of children. Do you currently think that children do not have access to cannabis? I bet if you ask a high school kid if he can get a bag of weed, he’ll tell you he can absolutely get it because illegal dealers don’t ask for ID.
Currently, cannabis users obtain it in legal states, from illegal sales, or cultivate it themselves. The majority come from illegal sales and no income is generated for the state. In fact, it costs state revenues through law enforcement and incarceration.
Citizens are denied employment due to previous cannabis convictions or due to cannabis use. Don’t we have a shortage of workers in this state?
Sound cannabis legislation will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and also create a safer market for your constituents and their families. As a hemp grower, my cultivation is regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture. My products are tested for compliance and safety and many of them generate sales tax revenue for our state. Sales of recreational cannabis would be regulated in the same way.
Once again, I ask you to support sensible cannabis legislation and do your best to convince your counterparts in the House to do the same.
Thomas Bobrowicz is the owner of Bobrowicz Farms LLC / BF Extracts in Wattsburg.