Jacology: Illinois Medical Marijuana

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(KPLR) – In Friday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco fans the flames on a medical marijuana bill in Illinois; but explains people are blowing smoke for no reason.

As you may have heard, Illinois is considering whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Which is odd, since Illinois already legalized medical marijuana; it happened in 1978, when the legislature passed and then Illinois Governor Dan Walker signed something called the cannabis control act. It legalized marijuana for medical uses. The problem is, neither the Illinois State Police, nor the Illinois Department Of Human Services did anything to set up a system to allow doctors to prescribe it, not for the state to regulate it's sale.

I bring this up because we all realize by now that the so-called war on drugs has been a colossal failure. But that failure is nowhere more evident than in laws against marijuana. In the past election, Washington State and Colorado did away with the medical marijuana fiction and legalized personal possession of weed for recreational purposes within their borders.

I use the term medical marijuana fiction; because that's precisely what medical marijuana laws amount to. Sure, there are several proven medical benefits from using weed. But medical marijuana laws have simply been a back-door way to try and legalize cannabis, sort of, an inch at a time. Colorado and Washington State simply no longer see the need to maintain that fiction.

The big problem with all this is that federal drug laws still classify marijuana as a schedule one drug, tThe same as heroin, a drug with no known legitimate uses. Individual states, one and two at a time, are saying that's nonsense. But so far, no member of congress has been willing to say the same on a federal level.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.