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.
Cannabis Myths Exposed
I retired after three decades as a prosecutor. While in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, I drafted a training manual called Narcotics Law which was later used in the office as a manual for Assistant States Attorneys for over a decade and years after I retired. After I retired I have defended people accused of violating the Cannabis Control Act. Knowing how the system really works, I can dispel several cannabis myths.
The Myth of “Harmless” Pot
A massive new study sponsored jointly by Duke University, the University of California at Davis and other research institutions shows that marijuana is hardly a harmless diversion.
These Bills Will Put More Impaired Drivers on the Roads
By Kathy Valente   |   04.04.16
Contact Your Lawmakers to Oppose HB 4357 & SB 2228! Children at Risk State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) has introduced HB 4357 in the Illinois House and State Senator Heather Steans has introduced SB 2228 in the Illinois Senate. Both...
Pot Dangerous? Mother’s Testimony Says Yes
By Monte Larrick   |   11.17.15
The big pot push is now underway in Illinois with the opening of what proponents call “medical” marijuana dispensaries. But an activist who blames her son’s suicide on his marijuana addiction warns what’s being rolled out in the Land of...
Ten Health Risks in Smoking Pot
The number of marijuana users among teens is increasing. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported in 2013: Marijuana use rose to 7.5% of users aged 12 or older in 2013. This is up from 6.2% of users in 2002.
Study Finds Little Evidence That Medical Marijuana Helps Many Illnesses
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.
Legal Pot Is a Public Health Menace
The great irony, or misfortune, of the national debate over marijuana is that while almost all the science and research is going in one direction—pointing out the dangers of marijuana use—public opinion seems to be going in favor of broad legalization.
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...
Resources on the Truth and Consequences of Marijuana
This page was created to provide information and research material on the harms of legalizing marijuana for both “medical” and recreational purposes. A pro-marijuana group admits the key to full legalization is legalizing “medical marijuana” first. “The key to it...
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