* From the Paxton Record…
The Ford County Republican Central Committee met last Saturday and erupted when the legalization of marijuana came up for discussion.
Noting that state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, put out a memo earlier in the week in support of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, many comments and questions arose among precinct committeemen and the public.
Many voiced their objection to Barickman’s position, stating that marijuana is an addictive gateway drug that will lead to using other illicit drugs. Since its use for medical purposes, many factions have been pushing for legalizing the drug for recreational use.
That caused one participant to ask what such use would do to DUI violations, or the use by teens.
“How accessible will it become for younger people?” the person said.
Already, there is no significant penalty for possession or use of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois. And the court system has not worked well in preventing use.
Barickman postulated that its legalization would raise money for the state.
“Addictive gateway drug.” It’s like we’ve stepped back in time.
Also, it’s easier for a teenager to buy weed than beer and has been for decades. Criminal drug dealers don’t check ID cards.
Sen. Barickman voted for gay marriage. He survived. He’ll survive this, too. The world will not end when we stop putting people in prison for inventing, growing, selling and consuming marijuana products.