SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The Sun-Times’ inexcusable reefer madness

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

* Eric Zorn

Wednesday, the Chicago City Council banned medical marijuana dispensaries — the city is slated to have 13 — from manufacturing districts and transportation corridors, from areas near parks and forest preserves, and from certain downtown areas.

Even this wasn’t enough to prevent our friends at the Sun-Times from splashing their front page with the alarming headline “Neighborhood joints: New zoning rules mean medical pot spots likely to pop up in busy areas.”

You’d think Illinois was the first state — not the 20th — to OK the medical use of marijuana. You’d think there were no data whatsoever about the impact, if any, of dispensaries in busy or even comparatively idle areas.

But police agencies and academics have looked at just these sorts of concerns over the years. The Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., has collected the results; nearly all of it reaches the same “hey, no big deal” conclusion reached by researchers from the University of South Florida, the University of Colorado and the New York City Criminal Justice Agency when they studied 275 medical marijuana distribution sites.

Despite all the advance warnings, they wrote in a paper published earlier this year, “these centers do not appear to have any impact on the urban landscape and, therefore, on the health of the communities in which they are located.”

The media needs to grow up, already.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


17 Comments
  1. - CircularFiringSquad - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 12:35 pm:

    We think in the good old days this was called panic peddling take anything that looks a problem and blow it out of proportion


  2. - NotRMiller - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    both Chicago papers have become a joke..very sad..


  3. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    What is the average age of the columnists at Trib & S-T? Editorial board members?

    They write like they are “out of touch” b/c they are “out of touch”.


  4. - John A Logan - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    Things get pretty sensitive around here when anyone doesn’t fall in line with the weed slingers


  5. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:38 pm:

    Where is the evidence prohibition works John Logan? And if you claim it does why not all cigarettes and cigars, all alcohol, and all guns?


  6. - Rich Miller - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:40 pm:

    Logan, did a pot smoker run over your dog or something?

    You’re just full of drive-by crud, but you rarely ever explain why you believe we must keep putting people in steel cages and ruining their lives for smoking marijuana, even if they have cancer.


  7. - Illinois taxpayer - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    Continuing dumbing down of the media is not a good sign of the health of our democracy.


  8. - A guy... - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    In the Windy City, not every day produces a headline, so sometimes you need blow up the controversy around blow.
    Today, unfortunately a tragic headline was produced that merits attention and outrage in a Loop Building Shooting exacerbated by a business downsizing.
    The paper went ballistic for a day about legalized refer. Today’s headline was more significant but much smaller. The funny smell isn’t coming from the dispensary.


  9. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    The Sun-Times edit was curious. All I can say, at least a couple of members there have developed a zealotry of the recently converted when it comes to the “dangers” of weed. Back in the day….


  10. - Meanderthal - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:19 pm:

    Illinois should have an honest debate about marijuana legalization on its own merits and stop hiding it behind medicinal uses.
    It is never good for your health to put smoke in your lungs for any purpose.


  11. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:20 pm:

    Colorado is the guinea pig.
    Watch them deal with all this stupid and try to figure it out.

    Then we can proceed smartly.


  12. - the Patriot - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:20 pm:

    I never have understood the opposition to med mal. There are a lot more folks on high dose narcotics for lesser conditions, and narcotics have much worse side effects for the individuals and the community.

    All I can say is maybe they need a little more puff, and a little less give.


  13. - OLK 73 - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:25 pm:

    Let’s just see what relative of which Aldermen get to lease the buildings to the owners who I’m sure will have a connection to the proper committeemen etc.


  14. - walker - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    Retail shops are likely to “pop up” where the customers are.

    Wow! Just Wow!


  15. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 2:56 pm:

    Didn’t the Sun-Times editorialize in favor of decriminalizing possession?


  16. - A guy... - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 3:21 pm:

    === Rich Miller - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 1:40 pm:

    Logan, did a pot smoker run over your dog or something?====

    As a Dog Dude, you shouldn’t even joke about such a thing. Oscar cannot be happy with this comment. lol


  17. - Biker - Friday, Aug 1, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    The National Media is actually pretty good on this, the Chicago (Tribune and SunTimes) Media on the other hand…
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html?_r=0


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Oddities and ends
* Durbin launches second positive ad
* *** UPDATED x2 - Rauner issues statement - Quinn responds *** Question of the day
* Black radio ad slams Rauner for failure to hire a single African-American at company
* Today's chart
* *** UPDATED x1 - Quinn responds *** Rauner unveils ethics reform plan
* Today's number: 30 percent less likely
* Bigfooted by the Trib
* *** UPDATED x1 - Bustos responds *** Schilling ad attacks Bustos over budget cuts
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: Crosstabs, TV ads, cable TV buys and an events list
* Quinn moves to second negative track
* Rate Bruce Rauner's new TV ad: "100 years of failure"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”
        * 1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps
        * OneNote now available for Android Wear
        * iOS 8 is live, download now before the server crashes!
        * Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October
        * VP for Product Management Punit Soni reveals he’s leaving Motorola
        * Get to know iOS 8: Messages gets new ways to communicate

        * Verizon Wi-Fi Calling Not Coming Until Mid-2015
        * Chinese Hacked U.S. Military Contractors, Senate Probe Finds
        * BitTorrent’s P2P Chat Client Bleep Alpha Open To Public
        * What's The Best Electric Toothbrush?
        * Motorola VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, says so long
        * Four reasons why you may want to wait on iOS 8
        * iOS 8 Healthkit Apps Have Been Put On Hold

        * Following up: Adam Eaton's second half, Chris Sale's schedule
        * Gillaspie, White Sox solve Royals' bullpen
        * White Sox 7, Royals 5: Kansas City bullpen titans falter
        * Sale seeks another stellar start in KC, series win
        * Gillaspie, White Sox solve Royals' bullpen
        * Out call on Viciedo confirmed on replay
        * High hopes, no set plan for Konerko's remaining ABs


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        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

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * More subpoenas for Quinn's anti-violence program..
        * Topic matches for "route 66"..
        * Hinsdale Facebook Probe & Rauner Misstep: Stacy.....
        * Rauner’s Campaign Commercials Need a Little Sha.....
        * Second City Quinn Parody Is Funny Because It Co.....


        * Hundreds apply for jobs at Illinois Thomson prison
        * Beanie Babies creator's sentence debated in court
        * Great Lakes mayors to meet in Chicago
        * 3 Illinois professors receive "genius grants"
        * 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled
        * Man charged with murder in Kentucky jailed in Ohio
        * Geneva man 1st Kane County human West Nile case
        * West Frankfort man convicted of burning girlfriend
        * Illinois school installs carbon monoxide detectors
        * Teen eludes electronic monitoring, attacks student

        * Hundreds apply for jobs at northern Illinois federal prison
        * Rauner questions medical marijuana program secrecy
        * New subpoena issued for Quinn’s anti-violence program
        * Evans: Eliminate conflicts of interest in legislature
        * State legislative panel delays decision on fracking rules
        * Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring
        * Video of state lawmaker's tirade resurfaces in U.S. House race
        * Rauner’s call for firings of ‘illegal patronage hires’ would affect many in Springfield
        * Quinn, Rauner clash on business, hiring
        * Coaltion forms to push school funding reform

        * Pizza Hut testing 'skinny slice'
        * Photos: Pizza Hut testing 'skinny slice'
        * New U of I med school gets faculty green light
        * Illinois corn farmers having trouble reaping what they sowed
        * Illinois fracking rules put on hold


        * 16-year-old is second person charged in fatal home invasion
        * Appeals court ponders whether Beanie Baby billionaire got off too easy
        * Appeals court to decide if Beanie Baby billionaire got off easy
        * Boeing, SpaceX will split multibillion dollar deal for new NASA craft
        * Zimbabwean president wants to testify for Chicago businessman, lawyer says
        * 16-year-old boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood
        * 2 charter schools run by Des Plaines-based Concept Schools added to Ohio misconduct inquiry
        * CeaseFire worker charged in diamond theft
        * Highland Park teen to be sentenced for running over, killing 5-year-old girl
        * Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’


        * Japanese consulate: Human remains sent in mail were 'treated properly'
        * Robber points shotgun at homeowner: 'I'm reloaded'
        * Rauner talks ethics reform as Quinn airs TV attack ad
        * Vikings owner: 'We made a mistake' with Peterson situation
        * Attorneys: Zimbabwe president willing to give deposition in Chicago criminal case
        * Ex-sheriff's deputy gets 50 years in child sex abuse case
        * State law may snag Wallenda highwire walk
        * Signs of hope as Uptown struggles with violence
        * North Shore Center will host Molly Glynn memorial celebration
        * Vince Vaughn shops Mag Mile penthouse for $14.9 million


        * Trauma Care Decision Highlights Competition Between Springfield Hospitals
        * Springfield Art Co-Op Founder "Blossoms" On East Coast
        * Springfield Mayor Houston Points Out Sewer Improvements
        * Mayor: We Are Doing Sewer Work
        * N.J. Gov. Christie Stumps For Rauner In Springfield
        * I Like Illinois Website Debuts, In Time For The Election
        * Fracking Rules Action Delayed; Could Be A Sign Of Revision
        * Who Owns The Rights To Vivian Maier's Photos?
        * Legislature Approved A $100 Million Tax On Business & Didn't Know It
        * Schools CEO: privatizing janitorial services not 'as smooth as we would like'


        * Hundreds apply for jobs at northern Illinois federal prison
        * Our Opinion: Carbon monoxide alarms belong in schools
        * Rauner questions medical marijuana program secrecy
        * New subpoena issued for Quinn’s anti-violence program
        * Evans: Eliminate conflicts of interest in legislature
        * Michael Gerson: Leading from behind the curve
        * State legislative panel delays decision on fracking rules
        * Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring
        * Video of state lawmaker's tirade resurfaces in U.S. House race
        * Rauner’s call for firings of ‘illegal patronage hires’ would affect many in Springfield


        * Park board nixes Chandler Cove proposal
        * Q-C in 50: Village of East Davenport adds to Q-C ambience
        * 09-17-14 Penny for Your Thoughts
        * SIU homecoming deadlines approaching
        * Fairview Heights Police search for homicide suspect
        * 'A Catholic Priest in a Moslem Town' presentation Friday at Cathedral
        * Hundreds apply for jobs at Illinois Thomson prison
        * Coleman to visit this weekend
        * Sides to argue: Did billionaire get off too easy?
        * Highland teachers strike for 5th school day


        * Bezos turns to Boeing-Lockheed venture for foothold in space
        * Rousso's drug use continued after crash that killed 5-year-old, witness testifies
        * After making ‘mistake,' Vikings bench RB Peterson
        * Hoffman Estates tech firm could move to Gurnee
        * Wheeling sued by family of man killed by police SUV

        * New GAO Report Reveals that Taxpayer Dolla...
        * Rep. Lipinski Announces New Federal Fundin...
        * News briefs: Lipinski accepting service ac...
        * US Rep. Lipinski accepting service academy...
        * Rep. Lipinski Accepting Service Academy Ap...
        * Dem Explains Why He Voted 'Present' on DAC...
        * Immigration dominates Lipinski's town hall...
        * Jackson Jr.'s political fund fined nearly ...
        * 'Celebrity Crime Files' Season Three, With...
        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...

        * Southern Illinois airport receives $3.2M g......
        * Southern Illinois airport receives $3.2M g......
        * Scott Air Force Base Finalist for New Air ......
        * Scott Air Force Base Finalist for New Air ......
        * Scott Air Force Base Finalist for New Air ......

        * Shangri La's Barr al Jissah ResortSpa to o......
        * ISIS fight: Congress to vote on arming Syr......

        * Illinois Dems propose surcharge to pay for police body cameras
        * Rauner introduces ethics reform plan
        * Bustos blasted in new ad by 17th CD veterans for cutting benefits
        * Cappleman Calls For Community Forum On Uptown Violence
        * Census Bureau: Child Poverty Rate Falls Substantially, Number Of Uninsured Ticks Down
        * American Bridge blasts Rauner on minimum wage, big dollar image
        * Gutierrez: More danger from plane passengers than border crossers
        * The [Wednesday] Papers
        * Groups band together to push Illinois' school funding redistribution
        * The Left’s Political Network, Exposed in One Chart


        * Rauner Launches New TV Ad: 100 Years
        * 100 Years
        * Bruce Rauner Announces Ethics Blueprint
        * Across Illinois, They’re Talking About Pat Quinn’s Corruption
        * New subpoena in federal probe of Quinn anti-violence grant program




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