Mchenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kennelly faces off against the “Marijuana Moms” in a front page Chicago Tribune story today.
The question is the safety of the use of marijuana and its mental health effects.
He threatened consumuer fraud suits unless certain warnings were posted.
Kenneally pointed to fifty-three studies “linking cannabis with increased risk of suicide and mental health problems including schizophrenia and other psychoses,’ as Tribune reporter Bob McCoppin summarizes them.
The “Marijuana Moms” are
- State Rep. Kelly Cassidy,
- Speaker Pro Tempore Jehan Gordon-Booth,
- former State Sen. Toi Hutchinson and
- former State Sen. Heather Steans
Kenneally sees conflicts (or convergence) of interest with two of the Moms, whioh the Tribune explains this way;
- “Cassidy’s spouse, Candace Gingrich, previously was hired by the cannabis company Revolution Florida, and
- “Hutchinson was hired as CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project, which helped write the Illinois legalization law”
He points to what he characterizes as “soft corrpution” in over “$600,000 in campaign donations to lawmakers from the cannabis industry.”
The article notes,
“The state’s Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee this year noted the potential benefits of cannabis for chemotherapy, insomnia and pain. But it raised concerns about the findings of a Dutch study that found a strong association between cannabis use disorder and schizophrenia,”
as well as
“the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two components of cannabis — synthetic THC to treat nausea and anorexia from cancer or AIDS, and CBD to treat seizures — while many countries have approved a THC/CBD mix to treat muscle tightness in multiple sclerosis.”