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On June 25, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill which approves so-called “recreational” marijuana for persons 21 years old and older. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. It will allow the licensed growth, sales, possession and use of marijuana.

It was discovered by the state of Colorado that legalizing marijuana causes more harm than good. Today’s high-potency marijuana is not the marijuana of the 60s and 70s. This high-potency marijuana is linked to increases in addiction, psychosis, schizophrenia and violence. States that have legalized it have seen an increase in emergency room visits, hospitalizations, poison control center calls and an increase in use in every age category, including youth. There has also been a dramatic increase in a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.

Last but not least, law enforcement opposes legalized marijuana, they know better than most the negative issues marijuana use creates for the community.

How can creating societal woes be a good thing? The law that was enacted contains a provision that allows villages, cities and counties to opt out of legalized marijuana. If you oppose this new law, please call or email the Julie Wolfe, mayor and Kevin Greenfield, Macon County board chairman. Ask them to adopt an ordinance which would opt us out of legal recreational marijuana in the city of Decatur and Macon County.

This poorly thought out and very flawed legal recreational marijuana bill will cause for the community issues too numerous to mention. We can’t stand by and allow that to happen, I urge you to contact the mayor and the Macon County Board chairman to express your opposition to legal recreational marijuana today. 

Roger German, Decatur

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