By Kathy Valente | 04.20.17Only 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...
By Monte Larrick | 04.03.17The idea of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois is no longer a pipe dream. Lawmakers are considering two pro-buzz bills that if enacted are sure to jeopardize safety and brain power in our state.
By Monte Larrick | 03.10.17An expert on the new generation of very potent marijuana is cautioning lawmakers in Illinois against taking any steps that would weaken penalties for activities involving pot and other drugs.
By Kathy Valente | 01.13.17On January 1, 2014, an Illinois law went into effect allowing marijuana for “medical” use. As a result, drugged driving is now on the rise in Illinois.
11.09.16Federal 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.
10.14.16This 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.
By Kathy Valente | 06.07.16Before 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.
05.13.16I 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.
By Kathy Valente | 04.04.16Contact 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...
By Monte Larrick | 11.17.15The 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...
06.25.15In 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.