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Marijuana: Fostering a Chronic State
By David E. Smith   |   07.23.18
As you know, IFI is very concerned about the move by certain state lawmakers to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Illinois. In 2014, so-called “medical” marijuana became legal in the Land of Lincoln. Over the past four years, state lawmakers and...
A Pharmacist Makes the Case Against Legalizing Marijuana
03.19.18
Legalization of marijuana has ramifications beyond the individual’s decision to smoke an occasional joint. Several considerations contradict the argument for legalization. 
Police Chief Issues a Warning on Legalized Marijuana
By Monte Larrick   |   02.27.18
The President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is encouraging a "NO" vote on a Cook County marijuana referendum.
Webinar #2 on Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois
By David E. Smith   |   02.14.18
There is a tremendous amount of misinformation about today’s high potency marijuana. Overdose rates have increased in states that have legalized such as Colorado, which legalized ‘recreational” marijuana in 2014.  As a result of legalization, they’ve also seen significant increases...
Bad to the Brain: Marijuana’s Effects on Adolescents
By Monte Larrick   |   07.20.17
An expert on the effects of marijuana on the brain, particularly the adolescent brain, was not allowed to testify during a recent Illinois Senate hearing on marijuana legalization. However, she did speak with the Illinois Family Institute which is fighting the big push for legalized pot.
Illinois Police Give a Warning on Marijuana Legalization
By Monte Larrick   |   06.23.17
Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel predicts that legalized marijuana will put more drugged drivers on Illinois roadways and cause more headaches for Illinois than all its tax revenue is worth.
Update on Hearing to Legalize Marijuana
By Kathy Valente   |   04.20.17
Only two witnesses were allowed to testify at the joint hearing on marijuana on April 19th.  Neither were from our side. One was from the National Conference of State Legislators. The other was Barbara Brohl, the czar of Colorado’s marijuana...
The Multiple Harms of Marijuana for Youth
11.09.16
Federal Law in the United States has prohibited the manufacture, sale, and distribution of marijuana for more than 70 years. However, with the discovery of potential medicinal properties of marijuana and the increasing misperception that the drug is harmless, there have arisen increased efforts to achieve its broad legalization despite persistent problems of abuse.
The Dirty Tricks of Big Marijuana
11.07.16
The most dangerous side of legal pot is Big Marijuana, say foes of the referenda in five American states on election day. To see what’s coming down the pike, consider what happened to Colorado’s ballot initiative 139.
New Study Confirms Marijuana Use Up Drastically in Workforce
10.14.16
This November, there are a record number of ballot initiatives in at least nine states regarding so-called medical marijuana or outright legalization of the Schedule I drug. The pot pushers, both small businesses and large, want more people smoking, eating, and consuming more pot because it is good for their bottom line.
Marijuana Decriminalization Puts Children and Families at Greater Risk
By Kathy Valente   |   06.07.16
Before the regular session ended on May 31st, State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) were able to legislation to decriminalize marijuana passed in both the Illinois House and Senate. This dubious bill (SB 2228) will soon be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner, who will then have 60 days to sign it into law or veto it.
Study Finds Little Evidence That Medical Marijuana Helps Many Illnesses
06.25.15
In the debate over whether marijuana should be legal, for both medicinal and recreational purposes, one thing both sides seem to agree on is that more research needs to be conducted. Thus, advocates and opponents should take note of several articles published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association related to medical marijuana. One analysis of note found there is little evidence from nearly 80 studies that the drug helps many of the illnesses for which it has been approved.
Recreational Marijuana Bills in Springfield
By David E. Smith   |   02.19.15
Even though the so-called “Medical” Cannabis Pilot Program has yet to begin, State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) has introduced legislation (SB 753) which would legalize the possession of 30 grams of marijuana and 5 plants for anyone over 21 years...

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