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.
What Will You Do About It?
By Kathy Valente   |   12.12.18
Are you aware that legalizing high potency marijuana is one of governor-elect JB Pritzker’s stated top priorities when he is sworn in as governor in January? Are you concerned about your children or grandchildren getting hooked on drugs and the...
A New Push For Legal Weed
By David E. Smith   |   11.10.18
Just hours after after his election-night victory speech, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has been making the rounds with Chicago media, talking up plans to make marijuana a priority in Illinois, telling one news outlet that it is “something we can work...
The Blunt Truth About Marijuana
By Kathy Valente   |   09.08.18
Whether or not you have made up your mind about legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the Illinois Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police highly recommend listening to the experts with genuine experience about what to expect if some lawmakers have their...
Addiction: Big Marijuana Targeting Children
By Kathy Valente   |   08.14.18
Illinois' senior U.S. Senator, Dick Durbin, recently introduced legislation in Washington, D.C. to crack down on flavored tobacco in e-cigarettes. He believes Big Tobacco is marketing to children with flavors like cake batter, whipped cream and gummy bears. As a mother and grandmother, I applaud his efforts. But there’s another industry targeting kids right under our adult noses - Big Marijuana.
Insult and Injury: The Problem of Pot and Pesticides
By David E. Smith   |   08.03.18
Bifenazate, Trifloxystrobin, Abamectin, Bifenthrin. Do these names sound like healthy ingredients or chemicals you would feel comfortable ingesting in foods or beverages? These are pesticides that have been discovered in laboratory-tested samples of “medical” marijuana and marijuana products that were...
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...
All Young Cannabis Users Face Psychosis Risk
06.19.18
Illinois state lawmakers from Chicago are moving quickly toward the legalization of "recreational" marijuana. There are many good reasons to be alarmed. Not all the risks of such a policy is known. For example, we need to understand what role marijuana has in the development of psychiatric diseases, such as psychosis. New research suggests shows that "in adolescents, cannabis use is harmful."
Rocky Mountain High Brings State to New Lows
By Kathy Valente   |   04.20.18
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.
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...
Legalizing Recreational Pot a Bad Idea for Illinois Employers
02.09.18
To some entrepreneurs (and even Illinois gubernatorial candidates), marijuana legalization is all the rage these days. We're promised "more tax money!", "less crime!" and "miraculous medicine!" 
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