Updating our Drug Laws
With so many real problems facing Illinois, it’s time to stop wasting energy and resources on the enforcement of our outdated marijuana laws.
Polls show that two-thirds of the people of Illinois think recreational marijuana use should be legalized then taxed and regulated like alcohol. So why are our state laws so out of touch with the will of the people?
Other states have found that smart, well-administered marijuana legalization programs can protect public safety while simultaneously creating an important new source of tax revenues. In fact, one analysis estimates that making recreational marijuana legal in Illinois could bring in up to $700 million in state sales and excise taxes each year.
Over the past two years, Illinois’ medical cannabis pilot program has demonstrated that our state has the ability to administer a safe, responsible marijuana program. It’s time to build on that success and start the process of establishing Illinois as a national leader in making recreational marijuana use legal for adults.
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