After touring growers and processors, visiting dispensaries, and talking with the National Conference of State Legislatures, Leach said, he returned to his hotel room and took two marijuana hits off a vaporizer pen.
The Montgomery County Democrat has cosponsored a bill to legalize medical marijuana, and said he was optimistic that it will pass in September. Getting firsthand experience with modern strains of the drug, Leach said, was a natural part of his mission.
“We hear a lot that, ‘Oh, no, you can’t legalize it because the potency is so much stronger now,’ ” he said Friday. “We thought, we probably should try this while we’re here.”