Illinois is one step closer to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The bill passed the House Committee today with a 4-3 vote. Honestly I don’t really know what that means in terms of it actually being legalized (for medicinal purpose), but it is the first step. This comes right after news last week that the DEA will no longer be raiding medical marijuana clubs/pharmacies in states that have passed a law to allow the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes. Basically even if a state passes a law making it legal, Federal law can still override that. So it just means that state police cannot enforce the law, but the DEA could still come in and make arrests, but it looks like they won’t even bother anymore. And with the economy the way it is, I say make it legal and tax the hell out of it. It will bring in a lot of money for the country and spur all sorts of economic growth and savings. And we’re not just talking about smoking it, stuff like paper and clothing can all be made from hemp. It would create a ton of jobs, spending, money from taxation, etc…
Whether you smoke the stuff or not, there’s no denying that the benefits of legalization would definitely stimulate the economy. And for all those people out there that say that it’s illegal for a reason, or it’s a gateway drug, or whatever your reasoning for not liking it, go do some research. More specifically research how many people marijuana has killed and how many people alcohol and tobacco have killed… I agree that there should be regulations on it, like a legal age of use just like alcohol and tobacco, and no driving under the influence, etc, but just educate yourself before you form an opinion. In dealing with people that both drink and have smoked in the past, I would much rather deal with someone that’s high than drunk, but my friends can be angry drunks so maybe it’s just me.
What do you think about this issue?
source: MyFox Chicago