In most contexts, a contestant giving money to those who have to make an unbiased decision is considered a bad thing. A baseball player can’t offer an umpire $1,000 prior to going up to bat. If you gave a big check to a college admissions officer, one might reasonably doubt that your child got into Harvard on the strength of his “How can Clocks be Useful?” essay. And actual judges in a courtroom tend to get pissy when you try to stuff cash into a juror’s underpants. Believe me, I know. First hand. Plus, the juror can become confused. …


For the most part, I select the topics for my unsolicited musings from the news. The events which make up the daily unfolding of our tragic existence make me sad or angry or frustrated. I tend to not be a glass-half-full kind of guy. Although, in 1974 there was a story that made me happy involving Triple Crown winner Secretariat successfully breeding. I was only thirteen years old so I didn’t blog about it. But I did make oblique reference to it in my Bar Mitzvah speech entitled “Horse Seman and the Talmud’’.

That said, today’s entry is not a…


I have always considered myself a strong supporter of Civil Liberties. In my view, government has no legitimate role in telling us when to procreate, who to marry, what books to read, what plants to smoke (I like pachysandra!), if or how to gamble, what God to pray to (Zeus!) or who to look like (also Zeus!). Way too many things are illegal, and the government should have far fewer reasons and far less power to arrest us, try us, incarcerate us, and under no circumstances should it be allowed to execute us.

In other words, when it comes to…


“You Can’t even take a bath these days without 4 or 5 Communists jumping in the tub with you!” - Monty Python-

It is now in vogue for those on the right to refer to those on the left…ALL those on the left, as “Communists”. …


Nobody loves the First Amendment more than Donald Trump. We know that because he told us so, repeatedly. That’s how we also know that nobody loves women, Mexican people and the rule of law more than Donald Trump. I think the fair takeaway is that Donald Trump loves lots of things more than anybody else in the world. He is truly a big, bloated, orange, fetid clump of love.

Given his intense love for the First Amendment, you might have been surprised this week to see that he has filed a “major” (has Trump ever claimed that something he did…


Americans love getting into each other’s business. The proliferation of TV reality shows is one obvious manifestation of this phenomenon. We spend precious hours of our lives watching other people date, flip their houses, go to rehab and interact with their eighteen siblings. Most of us don’t install swimming pools or take vacations on yachts, but we tune in each week to watch others who do. And I’m not exactly sure what the Kardashians do, but whatever it is, we apparently love to watch them do it.

All of this is fine (by which I mean sad and tragic) so…


Could Someone Please tell Mike Lindell that the Supreme Court can’t Reinstate Trump?

Mike Lindell is apparently a very talented pitch-man. I say that because he has gotten rich selling millions of My Pillows, which clearly required some salesmanship. I would have thought that if you pick any given moment in modern history, everybody already has all the pillows they need. I didn’t even think pillows were a thing that people buy, but rather something came into the world having, like a belly-button, or a hatred of feeling something sticky underneath a table.

Plus, if someone was going to sell…


eI remember the day when I decided to stop eating meat. It wasn’t the day I did stop. That took another 10 years. But it was the day I decided to stop.

I was attending tenth grade at Church Farm School (“CFS”) in Frazier Pennsylvania. The year before I had been enrolled at the George School, a liberal prep school in Bucks County. But I viewed rules as distasteful and refused to follow pretty much any of them. So, despite the fact I did well academically, at the end of the school year, George School requested that I go somewhere…


And why they are all so Dumb!

We’ve all heard the expression, “there are lies, damn lies, and statistics”. At least 77% of us have. I feel the same way about the arguments against fully legalizing cannabis. Each one is dumber than the argument before it, but not as dumb as the argument to follow. And that’s true no matter what order you put them in. Weird! I know!!

Because I like shooting fish in a barrel (literally. I’m not talking about the metaphor), I’m going to posit, and then rebut the top 5 best arguments for continuing prohibition. …


I usually write about current events and political issues. When war breaks out, or our climate is collapsing or democracy is threatened, I instinctively know what’s needed. Specifically, ME!! My off-the-cuff musings will solve the problem. You can’t say it hasn’t worked so far!

But there are times when bloviating on Medium (and twerking on Tic-Toc! That’s all part of it!) gets to me. The systemic and seemingly unsolvable problems of the world become so heavy and depressing and sad, that I need to take a break from it all and go in a lighter direction. I know the world…

Daylin Leach

Long-time state House and Senate member, author of PA’s Medical Marijuana law, also creator of “shit-gibbon!” Comedian, professor, father of 2 awesome children!

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