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Community Opt-Out for Marijuana Dispensaries
By David E. Smith   |   07.17.19
Last month, on June 25th, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation to approve so-called “recreational” marijuana for persons 21 years old and older. When this law (HB 1438 Senate Amendment 2) takes effect on January 1, 2020, it will allow...
Illinois’ Marijuana Juggernaut
By Kathy Valente   |   05.22.19
State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) have spent 2 years developing and promoting their proposal to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Illinois. On May 7th, their 533-page bill (SB 7) was introduced in the Illinois Senate....
Psychologist Warns Lawmakers Against Marijuana Legalization
By David E. Smith   |   05.16.19
“Any change in drug policy should reduce drug use, not increase it,” states Dr. Aaron Weiner, licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville. Dr. Weiner succinctly details the facts that refute Illinois...
Industrialization, Commercialization of “Millennial Marijuana”
By David E. Smith   |   05.14.19
Abu Edwards, National Director for Smart Approaches to Marijuana, has an impassioned message for Illinois legislators who are pursuing a headlong rush to legalize weed – slow down, or better yet, stop altogether! Based on personal experience, Edwards describes the...
Former Drug Addict Opposes Marijuana Legalization [VIDEO]
By David E. Smith   |   04.23.19
If anyone still thinks marijuana is a harmless drug, Theodore Jones’ testimony proves otherwise. Jones, a substance abuse counselor and manager at Pacific Garden Mission and a “former recovering drug addict,” found physical and spiritual salvation through the ministry of PGM.
Marijuana Update
By Anita Bedell   |   04.06.19
Illinois Senate Bill 7 to legalize and commercialize passed out of committee this week as a “shell bill”.  The sponsor said they are still working on the language for the bill and will file an amendment by the end of...
Marijuana and Psychosis
By John Stonestreet   |   03.29.19
The pitfalls and perils of marijuana legalization are well-documented. But whenever we discuss that research here on BreakPoint, we’re accused of not having the right research. What that means is that we’ve used studies that contradict the very vocal advocates ...
Legalized Marijuana? Better Build More Homeless Shelters
By David E. Smith   |   03.28.19
There are various situations and circumstances that contribute to the growing problem of homelessness in America. According to Pastor Phil Kwiatkowski, president of Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, the factor that most often leads to homelessness is drug use and...
Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence
02.13.19
Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state my values about medical or recreational use of any drug. We each own ourselves. If we choose to take chances with substances that can ruin our health, lead to death and otherwise destroy our own lives, that's our right. But we do not have a right to harm others in the process of harming ourselves.
Thinking Biblically About Recreational Marijuana
By David E. Smith   |   02.11.19
As you are no doubt aware, our lawmakers in Springfield are now considering legislation to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Illinois. For approximately ten years, we fought against the push for “medical” marijuana, warning that, in part, it would be a...
Pastor’s Breakfast in Oak Brook Regarding Marijuana Legalization
By David E. Smith   |   02.09.19
Dear Pastors and Ministry Leaders, Illinois Family Institute is hosting an important Pastor’s Breakfast on Monday, January 28th in Oak Brook regarding the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in our state. There are many consequences for our churches and communities...
Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think
01.04.19
As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illness.
New School Resource Officer Data Shows Increase in Teen Marijuana Use in Illinois
12.14.18
New data shows a troubling increase in teen-agers’ use of marijuana in Illinois, and a significant increase in vaping by teen-agers. Those are two major results from the second annual survey of School Resource Officers, who are police officers with primary responsibilities in schools throughout Illinois.
Not Your Grandfather’s Marijuana
11.21.18
Many states are rushing to legalize powerful recreational marijuana, but they’re running headlong into mental-health issues that should stop them in their tracks. Thanks to recreational marijuana legalization, we are steadily deciding as a nation that widespread availability of marijuana is worth the mental-health risk to our youth, the medical evidence for which is growing stronger every year.
Marijuana Alert
09.11.18
The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association are offering a Marijuana Webinar Series focusing on the impact recreational marijuana has had in states that have legalized it. The nine webinars will be live-streamed at Facebook.com/noweedillinois on the date and time listed below...

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