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…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”

The above quote is both the full text of what the US Constitution has to say about religion, and a testament to my fine, fine copying and pasting skills. As you can see, the First Amendment contains two distinct clauses regarding religion.

One (the “establishment clause”) says Congress cannot decree an official religion, or adopt laws aimed at forcing religious doctrine on those who don’t believe. …

There are a lot of things I would like to see happen. I’d like to be appointed to the US Supreme Court. I’d like to win the Nobel Peace Prize specifically for a winning routine on Dancing with the Stars. I’d like to be awarded the Wimbledon Trophy because all of the top players were too intimidated to play me and forfeited. Unfortunately, none of these things are going to happen. They just aren’t. (Except maybe the Wimbledon thing).

The same dynamic has kept the hot war between Israel and the Palestinians going for over seven decades. Both sides are…

Wow. Calling an essay you don't agree with "dumb" demonstrates very impressive intellectual heft and firepower. I can't hope to compete with that depth of analysis. But I'll do my level best.

The first half of this argument is a complete non-sequitur. Apparently my original argument about the strangulation of comedy fails because the author doesn't like Woody Allen.

Lets put aside the fact that Woody Allen has never been convicted, or even charged with anything. …

Take my wife…PLEASE! — Misogynistic

Why did the Chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. — Rank Speciesism, insensitive to those who have lost pets to cars

I don’t get no respect… — Privileged White Boomer whining

I never forget a face, but in your case I’d like to make an exception — Non self-affirming, unattractive shaming.

What’s black and white and red all over. — Don’t get me started

Comedy is becoming very unfunny.

This piece was inspired by two recent unrelated but similar threads I followed on social media. The first one involved comedian Billy…

I Support Full Legalization of Cannabis. Which is why Decriminalization is a Bad Idea.

I have been involved with Cannabis for a long time. 1975 marked my first exposure to what the hip kids call “Mary Jane” (that may not actually be true. I’m told I’m not the greatest authority on what the hip kids are doing) while I was a freshman at George School, working hard at being expelled (Mission Accomplished!)

When I was in the Pennsylvania Senate, I wrote and passed our state’s Medical Marijuana law, although my suggestion to call it “Medical Mary Jane” was rejected in…

Despite the fact that I never took physics, I have a theory about how physics works. Just like I also never went to medical school, but that doesn’t stop me from performing complex thoracic surgery.

My theory is this: If you throw a tennis ball, as hard as you can off of the observation deck of the Empire State Building, that ball will ricochet off of buildings, bounce off of cars, roll down a sidewalk and come to rest in a gutter three blocks away. …

In Person Voter Fraud Never, Ever Happens. Here’s Why…

“If you have to stop people from voting to win elections, your ideas suck”

Where does that quote come from? Was it Lincoln? Shakespeare? Me? I’ll never tell. OK, it was me.

Sadly, I first said this in the context of fighting a Voter ID law in Pennsylvania back in 2012. The law passed anyway despite the Speaker of the House and prime sponsor of the bill being caught on tape saying that the purpose of the law was “so Mitt Romney can win Pennsylvania”.

Fortunately, a hero met the…

Earlier this week, I found myself watching an interview with West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. Lately, I “find myself” in all sorts of odd situations. I really need to pay more attention to what goes on around me.

At a certain point in the interview, I “found myself” screaming at the television. When I was a small boy, I believed that the people I saw on the screen were actually inside the TV. …

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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