Westchester Referendum on Pot Sales
Westchester Referendum on Pot Sales
Written By Kathy Valente   |   03.03.20

Protect Your Family, Community & Property Values – VOTE NO   

Westchester residents are being given an opportunity to shape their future. The following referendum question appears on the ballot, asking voters:

Shall the Village of Westchester prohibit the location of adult-use cannabis dispensing organizations within the Village of Westchester?

Though Illinois lawmakers failed us, communities can help to reduce the harm legalization brings with it by prohibiting retail businesses from setting up shop.

It’s no secret that with legalization comes an increase in black market crime, traffic fatalities, more addiction and more young people being drawn into a life of drugs.

Marijuana is still a federally controlled Schedule 1 drug.

Schedule 1 (I) drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined by the federal government as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule 1 (I) drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.

  • Voting NO will send the right message to young people in the community about the dangers of this drug. Communities that allow marijuana stores are sending a message that it’s not harmful, thereby lowering the perception of risk which increases use.
  • Voting NO will limit drug traffic in your community. Westchester does NOT want to be a destination point for users seeking to purchase their next stash of drugs.
  • Voting NO will force marijuana business owners to locate elsewhere, out of reach of those who have a greater tendency to become addicted.
  • Voting NO would likely prevent an increase in criminal activity associated with retail marijuana businesses.
  • Voting NO will have a positive impact on your property values.
  • Voting NO would help protect your family and community from a host of unintended consequences. Far from being an innocuous drug that the marijuana lobby portrays as safe and even medicinal, marijuana has serious health risks that should alarm any parent and community. (Learn more at NoWeedIllinois.com)

IFI strongly recommends that you vote NO when you cast your ballot.

Kathy Valente
Kathy joined the IFI team as our Director of Operations in 2008. Previously, Kathy was the state director for Concerned Women for America for 4 years. But even before that, Kathy and Dave worked together as volunteer activists battling pornography and obscenity in the public square. Kathy has consistently taken a stand for traditional Judeo-Christian values and has worked tirelessly to foster a wholesome environment for family living, advocating for high community standards. Kathy recognizes that sexual immorality, pornography, obscenity, promiscuity, state sanctioned abortion and gambling threaten the moral fabric of our society. The well being of our communities, the...
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