There seem to be many more libertarians in the western suburbs of Chicago than I previously thought. By unanimous acclamation, residents here want state legislators to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
There seem to be many more libertarians in the western suburbs of Chicago than I previously thought.
By unanimous acclamation, residents here want state legislators to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. You’d think it would be difficult getting such a diverse group of people to agree on something so controversial, but the evidence is incontrovertible.
OK, perhaps I’m exaggerating a tad. There are, no doubt, many individuals who oppose any loosening of marijuana laws, even for those with chronic illnesses. But detractors remained silent on the issue recently.
Last week, I asked our online audience if medical marijuana should be legalized. Without exception, every response I received from readers said yes. It surprised me that not a single opponent to the measure replied.
Of course, this in no way constitutes any kind of scientific research on the opinions of residents regarding this issue. But it interested me that, of the handful of answers provided to the question, all of them supported the idea.
Had more of these like-minded folks made to their way to Springfield, Ill., a couple of weeks ago to be heard, the Illinois General Assembly might have passed the measure. The state House of Representatives took up House Bill 30 again May 5, but it failed by a vote of 61-53.
The bill would permit limited exceptions to the prohibition of marijuana under specific regulations. The idea would be to authorize people with debilitating medical conditions to use the drug to relieve pain.
However, we have no way of determining who voted for the bill and who opposed it. House Bill 30 has been placed on postponed consideration, which means there was no recorded vote. It can be called up again at any time before the end of this legislative session.
Medical marijuana may not be passed in this session or even the next, but it’s bound to be legalized before too long. If the response I received supporting the idea is any indication, more people are starting to wise up about this.
Given the guidelines established, House Bill 30 should be passed. It’s just a matter of time before what I now imagine is the majority that favors this measure makes it a reality.
Jerry Moore is the opinions editor for Suburban Life Publications. Contact him at (630) 368-8930 or email@example.com.