Recreational Marijuana Use

I’m a product of the 90s and the D.A.R.E program certainly worked with me. I can vividly remember those days at Decatur where the officer came to our class and was talking to us. 

Although I do not and never have partaken in this activity, I’ve come to the realization that many people from all walks of life do—people who I never would have thought would do so. That being said, I believe that if adults over the age of 21 are going to do this, the state should facilitate them doing it in the safest way possible.  

I am a firm believer in expanding the medical marijuana program in Illinois to allow for recreational use, as many states across the country have already done. I believe this expansion will allow for multiple things to happen. 

  1. It will free up some of law enforcement’s time.
  2. It will create an additional revenue stream for the state where money can go towards schools and mental health services. 
  3. It would help reduce violence among drug dealers.  
  4. It will create jobs and spur economic activity.  

I’ve yet to find a reason why alcohol is legal but marijuana isn’t. There are thousands of alcohol related deaths each year in Illinois, but the same cannot be said about marijuana but for the fact drug dealers are killing innocent people fighting over territory.