*** UPDATE *** I just totally unloaded on the person who sent me the original video because I specifically asked if there was anything else about the topic on the clip and was told in no uncertain terms that what I had been given was all that Kennedy said. Turns out, that wasn’t the case. Here’s the end of Kennedy’s answer…
Let’s balance our budget the way a great state balances its budget, and if we want to legalize marijuana for other reasons, then let’s do that.
So, he’s getting closer to actually coming right out and saying he’s OK with legalization, but he’s not quite there yet. More importantly, my apologies to the Kennedy campaign.
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* Tracker footage from last night’s Democratic Women of Kendall County event…
Audience question: Where do you stand on Illinois legalizing marijuana for recreational use and financial benefits for the state?
Chris Kennedy: I’d say this. We are not a failed state. We have a state government budget problem, that’s what we have. We don’t have an economic problem. Now Gov. Rauner is slowly making that state government budget problem become an economic problem. It doesn’t need to be that way. When Pat Quinn was governor, we had a slightly higher income tax, we had a balanced budget, we were paying our currently due payments under all pension programs, and we were paying down outstanding payables. That’s pretty much all you want out of your government right there. And we can do that again without a lot of harm at anybody in our state, and that’s what we should do. The idea that we should abandon that and instead pay for everything by legalizing marijuana because we don’t want to take on the hard work necessary to balance a budget in a modern state in America is ridiculous. Let’s separate those two issues. Let’s separate those two issues.
Lots of words.
And, may I ask, who are these people who say we should abandon the hard work of balancing a budget and “pay for everything by legalizing marijuana”?
I think I am the only person on the blog that doesn’t think Marijuana should be legalized. It’s toxic smoke, not different than cigarette smoke. If you want to keep the faux science of medical marijuana going that is fine with me, but legalized recreational use will not lead to a stronger state in my opinion.
In terms of Chris Kennedy. Just tell us you don’t support it already. I don’t need all the verbal gymnastics.
==The idea that we should abandon that and instead pay for everything by legalizing marijuana because we don’t want to take on the hard work necessary to balance a budget in a modern state in America is ridiculous.==
Thinking legislators can’t walk and chew gum at the same time is ridiculous.
How about questioning all of the legalization proponents who dismiss the scientific studies that link marijuana usage to future cognitive difficulties for teenagers? No one under the age of twenty-five should be smoking for recreation.
=== How about questioning all of the legalization proponents who dismiss the scientific studies that link marijuana usage to future cognitive difficulties for teenagers? No one under the age of twenty-five should be smoking for recreation.
It is not a harmless vice. ===
Most advocates, I don’t think, are out there advocating for teenage use. Plus, please explain how marijuana prohibition has kept marijuana out of the hands teenagers anyway?
The way I see it is that the marijuana legalization question tests two attributes of a candidate:
1. Public policy: Because marijuana legalization makes all the sense in the world and if you oppose it, you support awful public policy.
2. Courage: Because I have a hard time believing any rational, reasonable politician in 2017 actually opposes marijuana legalization, but they just don’t have the courage to say they support it. They would rather take the seemingly politically safer route rather than take a principled stand.
I still stand almost alone in my party in opposing pot legalization but this is such a bizarre, lame answer. I can’t even read the tea leaves and say he opposes it because the answer was pretty much a non-sequitur. In fact, it almost feels like this was a preface for the rest of the answer. Was there something after this answer?
- DrurysMissingClock - Tuesday, Jun 13, 17 @ 2:03 pm:
I find it ridiculous someone with this stance (not to mention abortion) is making a run at the “anti-establishment” lane in a Democratic primary in our state.
Who is in Kennedy’s base besides people holding on to an old party name? Certainly none of his ideas are attracting core Democratic primary voters and definitely none of the more progressive wing of the base he’ll have to woo to beat JB.
- DrurysMissingClock - Tuesday, Jun 13, 17 @ 2:10 pm:
To the update just now: still not doing it. I’m very tired of the straw man argument “weed won’t balance the budget”. If that’s really why you think legalization proponents want this, you’re out of touch.
Apparently the answer to my question - “In fact, it almost feels like this was a preface for the rest of the answer. Was there something after this answer?” - was yes. But “if we want to legalize marijuana for other reasons, then let’s do that” is still not an answer. Does HE favor or oppose? Still not answered.
1) Thanks Rich. As always, appreciate your hard work and getting to the bottom of things when something is passed on to you in an incomplete manner.
2) ===Let’s balance our budget the way a great state balances its budget, and if we want to legalize marijuana for other reasons, then let’s do that.===
I’m more pleased now reading that and seeing and understanding true context.
I’ve been know to walk something around the barn a time or nine, but I’m not running for Governor. I can appreciate the clarity Kennedy wanted before, framing his response, and I hope these next few 8,573 times he’s asked about this topic, brevity begins to be seen.
Rich…be careful accepting gifts from the JB campaign….slimy. They learned all the tricks from Blago. You will continue to get burned. They are scared of him and will come up with anything to get rid of him. My two cents.
With the budget mess we’re in it’s going to take quite a few “fees and taxes” to right the ship. Kennedy needs to recognize that legalizing marijuana is a very reasonable avenue to consider. You can be against it but to rule it out because it “won’t balance the budget” is ignorant.