To the Editor:
Illinois lawmakers are seriously looking at and even pushing for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. On Monday, Jan. 22, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle testified at a state Senate and House public health hearing on legalizing cannabis for adult use at the Bilandic Building. Preckwinkle favors legalizing pot, pointing to racial disparities in enforcement.
Recently, East Dundee Republican State Rep. Allen Skillicorn co-sponsored a bill introduced by Chicago Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state.
I was fortunate to have attended, as a Phyllis Schlafly Eagle, the historic 50th anniversary meeting of the Gathering of Eagles from Jan 18-20 in St. Louis.
During this year’s Gathering of Eagle, reports were given by those who represent state chapters of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. Susan Ellsworth’s spoke of the detrimental effects of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana.
In keeping with the push to legalize recreational marijuana here in Illinois, many deceptive arguments were likewise perpetrated on Coloradans to get medical, and then recreational marijuana legislation passed in 2012, even then by only a very narrow margin.
What has really happened is set forth below since that fateful election day in 2012 when recreational marijuana was sanctioned in Colorado through Amendment 63, including issues you may or may not have considered.