To the Editor:

Illinois will quickly be contemplating legalization of recreational marijuana in a 500-plus web page bill SB 7. Illinois is searching at this as a income supply to repair the ills of a failed government for decades to responsibly handle Illinois’ fiduciary responsibilities, spending controls and developing entitlements to incorporate sanctuary city and state status.

Ten states have passed recreational marijuana bills and extra have utilized the health-related marijuana approval. Despite the fact that I can realize the health-related rewards becoming valuable for some, the recreational use will make several extra difficulties. With several of the drug cartels controlling the human and drug trafficking in the U.S. they will undoubtedly be a component of the recreational market place as nicely. Colorado becoming a single of the initial to approve recreational use is now contemplating approval of the use of psychedelic mushroom use expanding but a different illicit drug.

Who will profit from this? Historically, in Illinois the insiders embed themselves in the firms that will create the markets for these goods and reap several of the earnings from this new enterprise. Appear at the licenses that have been currently issued for medicinal growers in Illinois. The public will also get a thing out of this let me list a couple of. There will be extra targeted traffic fatalities and injuries from accidents. SB 7 enables “home growing”, a thing that will not be capable to be regulated even with a development plant limit. Law enforcement can’t take on this burden. They would not be capable to manage the level of THC in household develop operations probably to involve the black market place as nicely. Law enforcement at present can’t reliably test the level of THC in marijuana and what is the level at which impairment can be confirmed. This will also make marijuana extra accessible to minors in the household and in the schools. This will probably lead to extra health-related visits to neighborhood hospitals and the effect on spending amongst these getting marijuana for use or becoming dealers themselves. One particular final point is the effect on these in several occupations that are at present tested for marijuana due to impairment on the job in vital occupations becoming a danger to themselves and other individuals in manage of chemical plants or other manufacturing facilities, public transportation etcetera.

Despite the fact that several may perhaps disagree, it is a reality that most illicit drug use starts with marijuana, paint, or glue and may perhaps lead to expansion to other challenging drugs for an improved higher. Most addicts will admit they began with marijuana. Please reflect on this and make contact with your neighborhood and state politicians to reject this as the repair for Illinois economic woes. The value households and society will spend for this is a lot bigger than any economic help advantage to the state. Urge legislators to vote NO — this will not boost our society, our households or cease the flight from Illinois.

LARRY LANGSTON

Serena