The auditor general for Pennsylvania, Eugene DePasquale, is urging the state legislature to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana due to fiscal concerns related to the imprisonment of nonviolent marijuana offenders.
According to the York Daily Record, Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections currently spends around $2.5 million annually to house 97 people imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses, which equals about $25,700 per inmate.
"Whether it's $2 or $2.5 million, it is a waste of money, in my opinion, to arrest people for this," DePasquale said in a plea to lawmakers to pass the state's pending medical marijuana legislation.
"We need to focus on putting violent criminals in jail, not nonviolent offenders," York City Police Chief Wes Kahley told YDR.com.
Senate Bill 3, which would create a medical marijuana program similar to Colorado's, is scheduled to be considered by the state House of Representatives next week. The bill contains medical conditions such as cancer, seizures, HIV and multiple sclerosis.
(Photo Courtesy of The Daily Chronic)
Florida’s Largest Police Force Stops Detaining People Over Pot Smell
Beyond the Streets: Cannabis Isn’t the Only Counter Culture en Vogue
What’s in Your Stash? Sharon Letts, Producer, and Writer
Daniel Sloss: Sometimes They’re More Than Just Jokes
Two Plead Guilty to Using United States Postal Service to Traffic Marijuana
Raid of Massive Illegal Cannabis Grow Site in California Took Four Days to Complete
Does Feeding the Endocannabinoid System Make Us Healthier?
What Was Said at Today’s Congressional Hearing on Federal Marijuana Law Reform
News6 days ago
Someone Planted 34 Cannabis Plants in the Vermont Statehouse Flower Beds
Health3 days ago
Cannabis and Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder
News4 days ago
Notorious Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Sentenced to Life in Prison
Culture6 days ago
What’s in Your Stash? Autumn Saylor, Stay-at-Home Mom, Treating PTSD With Cannabis
Entertainment7 days ago
Recreational Cannabis Comes to Northern Nights Music Festival
Sponsored4 days ago
I Take CBD Oil. Will I Pass a Drug Test?
News5 days ago
West Hollywood Set To Get “First of Its Kind” Cannabis Café
News4 days ago
Federal Agents Question Missouri Officials Over Medical Marijuana Program