Tag Archives: Recreational Marijuana

Safe Banking Act Will Grow Marijuana Industry

The SAFE Banking Act is a federal bill that would give the “medical” and recreational marijuana industries (and cartels) access to banking privileges, such as checking and savings accounts, credit lines and loans, enabling and legitimizing what has been an all cash trade to make real estate deals, payroll, insurance and operating costs much easier.
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Give ‘Em an Inch and They’ll Take a Mile

You know the saying that is often meant for children, “Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile.” Well, it also applies to liberal ‘big government’ activists and power-hungry lawmakers.
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Community Opt-Out for Marijuana Dispensaries

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 the licensed growth, sales, possession and use of marijuana. The Land of Lincoln becomes the 11th state to legalize this dangerous intoxicant for recreational purposes.

The federal government still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, which means it remains illegal. According to the DEA website, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs …

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2019 Session Recap and Perspective

If you follow politics and public policy at all, you know well the saying, "elections have consequences." Well, during this most recent General Assembly session (January-May), and especially the last two weeks, we have seen those consequences in spades, as super majorities in both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House passed far-reaching agenda items that can only be described extreme, duplicitous, and destructive.
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Last Effort to STOP “Super Weed”

A new and slightly different “recreational” marijuana bill has been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly.This new 610 page proposal, Senate Amendment 2 to HB 1438, is now moving quickly in the Illinois General Assembly, as proponents want to beat the end of session deadline, which is this Friday, May 31st.  This effort has the power of the governor behind it.
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“Is This What You Really Want for Your Children?” Asks State Rep. Moylan

“There’s other ways to generate revenue, not on the backs of our kids and young adults who are going to be addicted and sucked into this.” So said State Representative Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), at a news conference that was held outside the Thompson Center earlier this month. Rep. Moylan is leading a bipartisan effort that opposes Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s precipitous push to legalize recreational marijuana.
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Illinois’ Marijuana Juggernaut

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.

Last week the Senate Executive Committee held a 2.5 hour subject matter hearing on this bill, and it was alarming to hear how many concerns and questions they were unable to lay to rest.

Michele Ratini, a social worker from a Leyden High school District 212 in Northlake, testified in opposition to legalization, pointing out that teenagers …

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Legalized Marijuana? Better Build More Homeless Shelters

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 addiction.  With this reality in mind, why would anyone think that legalizing recreational marijuana is a good idea?

In this video, Pastor Kwiatkowski relates his experience with the connection between homelessness and drug use, specifically marijuana, through the stories of the teens and adults who have come to Pacific Garden Mission to find help and hope. Despite what …

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Medical Doctor from Peoria Opposes Legal Pot

Many people advocate for the legalization of marijuana from a position of bias, but Dr. Raymond Bertino opposes legalization on the basis of truth – medical facts and economics realities that expose the lies of recreational pot proponents.
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ER Doc Says “Recreational” Pot Has Ruined My Town

Marijuana – is it a harmless plant, a medically beneficial substance, or a dangerous, destructive drug? Depending on who you ask, the answer will vary widely.

Dr. Karen Randall speaks to this question based on her experience as an ER physician and a resident of Pueblo, Colorado. This community has first-hand knowledge of the devastating effects of legalized marijuana for “medical” and recreational use.

Dr. Randall explains the science that proves the marijuana of today is not the same as the comparatively low-potency pot that baby boomers smoked in the sixties and seventies. She warns about the danger of edibles, …

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Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illness.
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Not Your Grandfather’s Marijuana

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.
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Rocky Mountain High Brings State to New Lows

Recently, a Colorado expert on the consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana spoke to groups in Bloomington, Pontiac, and Naperville, in addition to doing numerous media interviews. What Jo McGuire reports from Colorado is truly shocking. Illinois residents must understand the consequences of this foolish policy and speak out before it is too late.
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Webinar #2 on Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois

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 in youth pot use, homelessness, and workers failing drug tests. That and the alarming number of hospitalizations and even deaths, plus car accident fatalities are on the rise from those driving under the influence of marijuana should give us pause about this policy. But what should cause parents to flood lawmaker’s offices with urgent pleas to …

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Persuading Illinois Voters to Avoid a Treacherous Pot Hole

Left-wing state lawmakers from Chicago want to legalize "recreational" marijuana throughout Illinois, and their allies in the media only seem to want to collude in advancing this ominous agenda.  Many proponents simply view the illegal controlled substance as a revenue source to help bail them out of years of reckless overspending.  Yet we do not have to look far to discover overwhelming and alarming consequences of legalization from other states///
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