News from State Rep Anthony DeLuca

 

Dear valued constituent,

Following up on my previous e-newsletter titled Nope for Dope, this message focuses on two issues within the proposed legislation.
Senate Bill 7, Amendment No. 1, The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, is 533 pages in length. Feel free to click on this link to access the text: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/101/SB/10100SB0007sam001.htm

Regardless of the potential tax revenues, Illinois should not be welcoming another addictive substance. You may be troubled to learn two components of SB7.

First, SB7 allows individuals to use their primary residence to grow 5 cannabis plants. Growing 5 plants at home will never be a positive shift for public health or for the well being of society. Do you wish this for your community? Law enforcement has stated it will be impossible to regulate compliance. In the future, will we empower police to go door to door to check? Will you feel comfortable when your children visit a friend’s home having alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana? This proposal is absent of any possible benefit for our youth. Legalizing home-grown plants should be strongly rejected, even by those who support legalization for recreational use.

Second, SB7 allows for a dispensing organization who has received a license from the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, to provide evidence the location is not within 1,500 feet of an existing dispensing organization. Those living in a neighborhood with a proliferation of liquor stores, go outside and measure 1,500 feet. You will quickly determine 1,500 feet is an entirely insufficient distance between dispensing facilities. Is it your hope to see liquor and marijuana stores on every other corner?

The many consequences of legalization have been well documented. Tobacco, alcohol and medical marijuana are already legal in Illinois. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a very serious matter. We have irrefutable evidence on how tobacco and alcohol have devastated families. Let’s prevent this appetite for drugs from further contaminating our communities.

Please join me in the fight to defeat SB7, Amendment No.1.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


Sincerely,
Illinois 80th District includes portions of:
Townships: Bloom, Crete, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Rich, and Wilton
Municipalities: Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton University Park, and Wilmington
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