SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Legislator: Medical marijuana bill is “excuse” to make Illinois “more liberal”

Friday, May 10, 2013

* Our quote of the day

[Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem)] said the bill is nothing more than an excuse to make marijuana more acceptable in Illinois society.

“There’s no way to control it,” he said. “The oversight is not there. I think it’s just an excuse to open up the state and make it more liberal.”


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Aldyth - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:16 am:

    The way Republicans talk, you’d think that even the word liberal is the root of all evil.

  2. - Deep South - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:18 am:

    It would appear that the only thing the Republican Party can do these days is embarrass itself.

    They’ve clearly given up on policy-making and seem to have embraced the idea that manufacturing conspiracy theories is their best way forward.

  3. - mr. whipple - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:19 am:

    That Bill Haine, he’s a big stoner. Like all former State’s Attorneys, he just wants everyone to smoke weed.

    Thanks, Rep. Cavaletto, it’s all starting to make sense now.

  4. - Small Town Liberal - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:22 am:

    - That Bill Haine, he’s a big stoner. -

    Yep, and when I think hardcore Illinois liberal, I think Bill Haine.

  5. - RonOglesby - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:23 am:

    Too many have grown up believing the war on drugs and that all drugs are bad, blah, blah, blah…

    Generally while having a nice bourbon and deciding how to stop things like Medical MJ.

    You see this on all sides with all types of issues, MJ is the current one. People need to stop thinking they know best for everyone on everything.

  6. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:23 am:

    That’s right. It’s a plot to make sure we don’t suffer the way God intended.

  7. - low level - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:23 am:

    As usual with these tea party Repub party types, Cavaletto shows absolutely ZERO concern for those who could benefit from this (e.g. cancer patients, others with fatal illnesses).

    They just see this, as with everything else, in a political context. The only problem being, is that his analysis is dead wrong. It was the increasing progressive nature of the state which allowed this to pass in the first place.

    Back in the day (1990-1995ish) you know, I may have disagreed with the GOPpers but I at least understood their strategy and respected the ability of their operatives.

    Today, I neither respect nor understand what the heck they are doing, other than doing everything possible to appeal to a dwindling demographic.

    The object of this game is to gain supporters, and to appeal to where you might have things in common with undecided voters. Pate, Carter, and even some of LAD’s people understood this. The current crop does not.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:23 am:


    Seriously? This is a bit embarrassingly lazy and not really adding to the discussion of MEDICAL marijuana.

    When “Chicago” gets the “Opium Dens” to be licensed, or I can go to a gas station and get, “A 12-Pack of beer, and do you have ‘Maui-Wow-ie?”, then talk to me about how …

    MEDICAL marijuana is making “Illinois” more liberal.

    The social “police” of My Party fail to see, misunderstand… that all of us MAY know of someone who has had, (is going the route of), taking marijuana, by the “suggestion of a doctor, because that may be the rememdy that is going to help, in whatever stage, or situation, the patient is in.

    But, we have to make it about “Liberal” and try to “stain” it, to make it “less pure”, less … “honest” … to some.

    Very disappointing and lazy. Maybe “medical” is the new “liberal”?

  9. - wordslinger - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:24 am:

    That’s one theory.

    Or, it could be a way for suffering chemo and MS patients to reduce dependence on dangerous, debilitating, addictive prescription hard drugs like morphine, Vicodin and Oxycontin with a mild, non-addictive alternative.

    As a lifelong educator, Rep. Cavaletto, I’m sure, considered all the facts carefully before arriving at his conclusion.

    He must be right. The chemo and MS patients just want to party, and those hippie liberals have us on the road to Reefer Madness.

    You can almost hear Wilie Nelson’s diabolical laughter.

  10. - phocion - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:24 am:

    What part of this merciful piece of legislation doesn’t this legislator understand? I hope Caveletto never has to see a loved one suffer because someone interested in scoring cheap political points would withhold treatment. Perhaps he should consult with his priest on what Christianity is really about.

  11. - tofriendscreek - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:26 am:

    In my lifetime I have read and heard some really ignorant comments. Rep. Calaletto’s remark on medical marijuana is pretty high of the “ignorant list.” I’m assuming he is physically healthy and lives a good life. Some people aren’t so fortunate. Medical marijuana can be a true blessing for those suffering from the affects of a debilitating, chronic or acute condition.

  12. - HenryVK - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:30 am:

    I always thought conservatives believed in freedom. They wanted government off our backs. They don’t like the nanny state.

    It seems to me that the MM bill would make the state more conservative.

  13. - Chi - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:32 am:

    According to Rep. Cavaletto, libertarian=liberal.

  14. - RonOglesby - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:34 am:


    Politicians of any side dont really like freedoms for the people. Here it is “conservatives” but the types that drift to politics are not passing bills reducing the numbers of laws or regulations on anything, ever.

    its both sides. Just this issue the “right” leadership is wrong on. Also remember that we have a federal executive branch still prosecuting people for medial mj across the country. Its not just the right.

  15. - Cook County Commoner - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:35 am:

    I always am amazed when some politicians rail against legalizing marijuana but see no inconsistency in ensuring my right to walk into some gun shows and buy an AR-15 with high capacity box magazines and any amount of high velocity-body armour penetrating ammo, no questions asked.

  16. - Chris - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:42 am:

    “They don’t like the nanny state.

    It seems to me that the MM bill would make the state more conservative.”

    Perhaps more ‘conservative’, but certainly *NOT* a move away from nanny-state-ism. If MM is implemented as in the bill, will there be any consumer product will more direct state-of-Illinois involvement than MM?

    From a ‘pure’ libertarian perspective, it’s a very, very mixed proposal. From a *realistic* libertarian perspective, seems like a solid move in the right direction.

    For the anti-government crowd, it’s bad news–but not due to liberalism; rather because it enshrines the gubmint into one more aspect of life.

  17. - Darienite - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:45 am:

    @Cook County Commoner -
    There’s nothing in the constitution permitting weed. There is the 2nd Amendment regarding right to bear arms.
    I’m not in disagreement with your opinion that politicians (and public opinion) play on both sides of the fence when it comes to personal rights.

  18. - Is it Safe? - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:49 am:

    You get these guys like Cavaletto, who are in safe GOP districts for 10 years, and they do very little to help anyone but themselves. They vote against reforms, blame it on Chicago, all the while their downstate districts lose jobs. It’s all Chicago. Keep the druggies out. Blood tests for welfare recipients. Immigrants are the problem. It’s the sure fire way to keep your job downstate. And they are beloved.

  19. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:52 am:

    If conservatives want to treat the word “liberal” as a synonym for compassionate or practical that’s fine with me.

  20. - LincolnLounger - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 9:57 am:

    Typical of the “cafeteria conservatives”. I am “conservative” and hate taxes and government — unless there’s a state facility in my district or a bunch of government employees. I want government out of people’s lives — unless it restricts my ability to tell women what to do with their lives or how they should co-habitate. I’m for strengthening the family — but only if it’s my idea of what a family should look like. I want government out of people’s lives — but not if they’re sick and a medical professional has indicated they could use relief with medical marijuana dispensed only in very regulated environment.

    I could go on and on, but I just exhausted myself.

  21. - Sideliner - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 10:02 am:

    A massive Frito Lay conspiracy.

  22. - Amalia - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 10:28 am:

    would be hilarious if there weren’t so many suffering people who would benefit by medical marijuana and need the legislative change.

  23. - OneMan - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 10:29 am:

    The oversight isn’t there?

    Is he high?

  24. - Chris - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 10:41 am:

    “There’s nothing in the constitution permitting weed.”

    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

    “There is the 2nd Amendment regarding right to bear arms.”

    But nothing about high capacity magazines.

  25. - ChrisB - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Yeah man, because only liberals smoke the ganja. Next thing you know, there’s going to be a jam band renaissance brewing right here in IL. Maybe they’ll infuse it with some reggae and absolutely dominate the college scene. And we can’t have that. Think of the children.

    Honestly though, the only thing I have against full legalization is having to pay the medical bills when smokers eventually get cancer (Note: I have not researched this, I’m just assuming that putting foreign substances in your lungs will eventually lead to cancer.) Other than that, have at it. What I do find strange is the steady drumbeat of weed legalization juxtaposed with the gradual banning and demonization of tobacco via taxation and ordinances of where you can smoke. Not that we’re in for Prohibition 2.0, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happened in my lifetime.

    Back on topic, Dude, you’re a professional politician. Don’t whip out the slippery slope argument. This isn’t Political Science 101. If you can control tobacco products, you can control marijuana.

  26. - Anon - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 11:01 am:

    I wonder if Cavaletto and the other naysayers could look the ill who would like to use or have used medical marijuana with great benefit in the face and say these things. I think not.

  27. - Happy Returns - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 12:28 pm:

    “There’s nothing in the constitution permitting weed.”

    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

    Also not in the Constitution.

  28. - Cook County Commoner - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 1:03 pm:

    Just read an NPR piece stating that Colorado has set the tax rates and rules for sale of recreational marijuana.
    The same article speculated that California collects $100 million in taxes on medical marijuana.
    With government pension reform heading to stalemate on competing bills in the state senate and house, maybe it’s time the state pols roll a fat one and condone sale of Illinois Gold before state finances are irreparable.
    They sold as all out for votes from gov workers and others, so maybe they could at least legalize the weed to ease our pain and tax it so the retirement checks to Tempe and Tucson aren’t disrupted. And don’t touch the 3% COLA. The cost of drinks on the back nine have increased beyond belief.

  29. - Cincinnatus - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 1:15 pm:

    Colorado Lawmakers Set Taxes And Rules For Marijuana Sales

  30. - Anon. - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 2:48 pm:

    And all this time I thought that marijuana led to heroin. If I had known it led to liberalism, I would have campaigned for tougher anti-drug laws. I’ll bet the mainstream media has been surpressing this.

  31. - TrackerOne - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 3:03 pm:

    Nobody is more liberal than was pro-pot Republican William F. Buckley!

  32. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 3:31 pm:

    ===There’s nothing in the constitution permitting weed===

    There’s nothing in the constitution permitting apples, either. Or oranges.

  33. - Dan Bureaucrat - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 3:42 pm:

    What a painfully, willfully ignorant statement. With our budget crisis, legislators have to vote for pain. Legislators should be eager to vote for some pain relief.

    LincolnLounger 9:57am — exactly.

  34. - wordslinger - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 3:50 pm:

    –There’s nothing in the constitution permitting weed. There is the 2nd Amendment regarding right to bear arms.–

    That has to be a gag, don’t you think?

    There are 4,400 words in the Constitution. Many of them are incomprehensible in the way they are strung together.

    Just what is a “natural-born citizen,” by the way?

    Unlike the way Jor-El set it up at the Fortress of Solitude for Superman, the Constitution does not answer all questions. Interpretation is required.

  35. - 47th Ward - Friday, May 10, 13 @ 4:09 pm:

    ===There’s nothing in the constitution permitting weed.===

    I’m pretty sure the first drafts of the Constitution were written on paper made from hemp. What more of an endorsement were you looking for?

  36. - anon - Wednesday, May 15, 13 @ 7:07 pm:

    Hey buddy. I cured my cancer twice, my fybro and degenerative spinal cord condition by eating cannabis oil. You sound like a tool. I hope you either go to YouTube and watch run from the cure or you get a form of cancer that only cannabis oil cures

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* This just in... $12 million contribution to Leader Durkin, $2 million to Munger
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Duckworth doesn't play in Peoria
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Let's be careful out there
* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Political events calendar
* *** UPDATED x1 *** What today's cyber attack could mean for election day
* Rewriting history
* Army Corps of Engineers taking back state park
* Fire everything!!!
* More horrible pension news
* More flowery Madigan praise from Bradley
* Because... Madigan!
* Looking on the dark side
* Lawyers: Mayor Emanuel is "not a policymaker for the city"
* Duckworth has huge cash advantage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition and a campaign roundup
* Good morning!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Most expensive Apple Pay purchase goes towards an Aston Martin DB5
* Friend-less, non-modular LG G6 expected, but not without risk
* Syllable D900 Mini Wireless Earbuds review
* Time Warner targeted for AT&T takeover
* Sony XPERIA XZ First Impressions: The Real Sony Flagship?
* Ouch – Samsung roasted by President Obama
* MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Customizable iPhone 7 or 7 Plus Case From Casetify

* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* International draft stands to benefit White Sox
* Davidson reflects on 'whirlwind' 2016 season
* Starting pitcher rankings: White Sox have four of them
* Podcast: 2016 Chicago White Sox Infield Review
* White Sox Rumors: Sox hire Chris Getz as new Director Of Player Dev...


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Breaking up with House Speaker Michael Madigan .....
* Drunken driving education program reinstated in.....
* Reeder: Movie on Madigan worth watching - Chica.....

* NW Indiana man found incompetent to stand trial for murder
* Cook County, Illinois, lawyer who posed as judge charged
* Retired detective turns in nephew for downtown bank robbery
* Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man
* Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man
* Retiring Wrigley Field scoreboard operator has seen it all
* Drunken driving education program reinstated in Springfield
* Arson suspected in fire at Illinois home where bodies found
* Paralympic medalist will be UI homecoming parade marshal
* Illinois man accused of threatening fire in GOP office

* Rauner administration awarding more than $3 million in bonuses to non-union workers
* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan
* Illinois unemployment rate holds at 5.5 percent
* Loose ceiling beam in Coliseum led to closure
* Proposal would ban agency directors from campaign ads
* Illinois State Fair Coliseum closed due to structural deficiencies
* State fairgrounds Coliseum temporarily closed due to structural deficiencies

* The possible vendetta behind today's web attacks
* Cyber attacks take down multiple major websites
* Cyber attacks take down major websites
* OCC expands, plans to move Chicago HQ
* Paid sick leave law pays off for political backers

* 10 Bears questions: on The Dude, Robbie Gould, TV ratings & more
* Garage burglaries reported on Far South Side
* CTA: Fire department activity causes delays on Purple, Red lines
* Fantasy Fool: Week 7 starters and benchwarmers
* John Fountain: Ambushed, when my point was to encourage
* Sunday Letters: Taxing surgary beverages is healthy idea
* Blackhawks dressing both Campbell and van Riemsdyk in Columbus
* Executive sedan
* Alderman says ‘aggressive squirrels’ eating through garbage carts
* Kadner: Proposal on November ballot an insult to Illinois voters

* Hackers disrupt Internet service of major websites with multiple attacks
* Bill Murray, wearing a Cubs hat, crashes White House press briefing
* Naperville firefighter charged with child pornography possession
* EU leaders spar over Russia sanctions
* Trump can't undermine American democracy because it barely even exists
* Duterte's flip-flop into bed with China is a disaster for the United States
* Chicago 'Hamilton' cast yet to discover Trump voter in midst
* Video of alleged assault shown in Mundelein kidnapping trial
* Unique Northwestern program helps lawyer fighting to keep ability to speak
* New Cubs ticket rules for mayor, aldermen will apply to World Series

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* Our View: For circuit judge, Cadagin, Troemper are endorsed
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan
* Illinois unemployment rate holds at 5.5 percent
* Loose ceiling beam in Coliseum led to closure
* Proposal would ban agency directors from campaign ads
* Bernard Schoenburg: Judge candidates investing in their own campaigns
* Eugene Robinson: Can we please just fast-forward to Election Day?

* Referral center set up for Murphysboro DHS, closed because of fire
* Project on Prospect to last 1 week
* SIU Homecoming parade is Saturday; Harry Crisp II to serve as grand marshal
* Saluki Food Pantry aims to lessen burdens for food insecure students
* Two-week closure ahead Moline's 41st Street
* PODCAST: Illini Notebook, Michigan preview
* Haunted trail...
* UPDATE: Police ID shooting suspect
* 'Shop local': it's not just for holidays anymore
* Davenport North's students to hold fundraiser to benefit Timothy's House of Hope

* Des Plaines group gets funds for clean power plant
* Wheeling Township voters get mailed South suburban ballots
* Cardinal to speak at Mundelein seminary
* Stevenson High School club to host Parade to the polls
* Unwanted prescription drugs collection

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* US Sen. Dick Durbin urges big pharma actio......
* The Daily Northwestern : U.S. Sen. Dick Du......

* Kirk Far Behind Duckworth In Fundraising F......
* Endorsement: US Senate, Mark Kirk - Peoria......
* Kirk far behind Duckworth in fundraising f......

* Morning Minute: The benefits of walkable neighborhoods
* Medicare To Tackle Drug Costs This Fall
* A Gun Violence Victim In Illinois Every 8 Hours
* Obama Voices Duckworth Campaign Radio Spot
* Cartoon Of The Day
* Cartoon of the Day - 10/21/16 Trump draft dodger
* Auto Problems Top American Consumer Complaint List; Groups Warn Of Fast-Growing Imposter Scams
* Illinois Adds 7,400 Jobs In September, Unemployment Rate Stays At 5.5%
* CFPB power among topics that attract exceptional webinar attention
* Cartoon of the Day 10/19/16 Trump locker room talk

* Illinois EPA Sponsors Interactive Environmental Education Event with Riverton Elementary School - Riverton Third and Fourth Graders “Dive In!” to Celebrate the Environment
* Illinois Partners with State of Telangana, India to Strengthen Smart State Initiatives - State to state agreement to accelerate opportunities and service to citizens
* Illinois EPA Announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network Updates - New Contract to Offer More Efficient, Less Expensive Tests
* Annual Training Underway For Gas Station Owners, Service Technicans
* Governor Rauner Announces Recommendations from Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force Report

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller