Illinois Governor Announces Opposition to Sensible Marijuana Policy

Nov 30, 2017 , , , ,

In an interview with WSIL-TV in Marion yesterday, Gov. Bruce Rauner officially announced his opposition to ending the harmful policy of cannabis prohibition in Illinois. The governor wrongly claimed we don’t yet know the effects of legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use, despite significant data available from states like Washington and Colorado, which both ended prohibition five years ago.

By announcing his stance, the governor is saying no to new jobs and to hundreds of millions of dollars (or more) in much-needed revenue for the state, and saying yes to allowing criminal enterprises to continue their control of a thriving and unregulated market. An estimated 750,000 Illinoisans consume marijuana monthly despite its prohibition — consumers who will likely continue to make illicit purchases whether it’s regulated or not. That money should go to our state and not into the pockets of drug cartels.

Chicago is one of the U.S. cities most closely associated with the failure of prohibition policies, and today, violence and harm continue on its streets. Instead of perpetuating a system that contributes to crime, revenue from taxing marijuana could be used to help prevent it.

Please make sure everyone in your network knows about Gov. Rauner’s misguided position. If you are an Illinois resident, please send a message to your lawmakers in support of legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adults.

One response to “Illinois Governor Announces Opposition to Sensible Marijuana Policy”

  1. Let Us Get This Straight: It is the year 2017, and the Governor of a major state in the United States does not know the positive effects of decriminalizing and regulating the use of marijuana for adult use?
    The majority of Americans adults clearly support the decriminalization, taxation, and use of marijuana. American adults demand that all levels of government of the United States catch-up to the 21st century of marijuana use by adults!
    The old, totally false, 1937-era of anti-cannibis prohibitionist Harry Anslinger has ended.
    The lies of “men becoming violent and attacking women for sex” are antique, and were NEVER true, as everyone today knows were pure propaganda.

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