Continuing coverage of the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night for those seeking State Senate seat looking at answers to whether the use of marijuan for recreational use should be legalized.
I did not take verbatim notes, by the way.
Republican Craig Wilcox – said he did “not support, especially in Illinois, where it revolves around increasing revenue..” He said he wold be willing to discuss the subject from an individual rights point of view.
- Democrat Mary Mahady – said trend is going toward the legalization of marijuana, that state is “three-fourths” there, that legalization would be a “natural progression” and it “would be beneficial as a revenue source” and cut down on the prison population.
Republican Don DeWitte – “I will not support legalization of recreational use.” Said he considers it a “gateway drug,” that it would result in “more intoxicated drivers on the road.
- Democrat Nancy Zettler – “I do support the legalization of marijuana in the state.” She said tax dollars from legalization should be spent for things like education
- Republican Dan McConchie – said that law enforcement organization do not support legalization and that he was worried about crime. He pointed to increases in Colorado and California.
- Democrat Tom Georges – “Don’t think it’s any different than the use of alcohol.” Doesn’t think “anyone can deny the health benefits of marijuana.”