NAACP Holds Press Conference Supporting Marijuana Legalization Bill

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today participated in a press conference held by the NAACP calling for support of his marijuana legalization legislation bill.

“I am honored that the NAACP has spoken out in favor of my legislation to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Pennsylvania,” Leach said. “As noted in recent reports, the war on drugs is racially-biased, inefficient and ineffective; and this modern day prohibition of a product less harmful than alcohol and tobacco needs to end. We can better use the resources we’re spending to fight this unnecessary war, and we can better spend our time and energy cracking down on substances that are actually harmful.”

During the press conference, the Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP publicly announced its support for Senate Bill 528, Leach’s legislation to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Pennsylvania. Citing a report recently conducted by the ACLU, the NAACP noted that the war on drugs operates under a staggering racial bias, is ineffective and subject to over-policing, and wastes resources.

Harvey Crudup, President of the Cheltenham Area Branch (Montgomery County) NAACP said in a statement:

“As a representative of the NAACP and a retired Deputy Chief of Police with more than 31 years of service with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Police Department, it is time Pennsylvania respond to this injustice in a rational and sensible way. Millions of dollars per year in additional revenues can be generated to build more schools instead of prisons. These tax dollars can also subsidize drug treatment, job training and diversion programs to reduce racial disparities in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system as well as transportation projects throughout the Commonwealth.”

Speakers at the event included Leach; David Scott, Chair of the Legal Redress Committee for the Cheltenham Area Branch and former Deputy Chief of Police for SEPTA; and Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a 33-year law enforcement veteran.

S.B. 528 currently awaits consideration by the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

Bookmark and Share


  1. Brian Kelly says:

    The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to prison and are being given permanent criminal records, which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    It is also safer than tobacco and caffeine. Marijuana is the safest and healthiest recreational substance known to man.

    Even The President of the United States himself, along with a long list of successful people have used marijuana. Has it hurt their chances at succeeding in life?

    If the President had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may very well have still been in jail today. Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record.

    Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should not attempt to legislate morality because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!


Leave a Comment


Essential SSL