The six Bishops of Illinois are coming out against the movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
The Catholic Conference of Illinois lobbies state lawmakers on behalf of the six Bishops in the state.
They acknowledge marijuana is not as dangerous or as addictive as alcohol, but they said if it becomes legal, it would “add to the problem” of the opioid crisis.
That’s an assertion that legalization supporters say is scientifically questionable at best.
“I think the bishops also have a real problem with the commercialization aspect of this. It’s kind of unseemly that not only do we want to legalize it, we sell it by saying, ‘Well, the state is going to make a bunch of money off it and then we’ll be able to fund all of these other things, one of them being drug abuse.'”
House Democrat Kelly Cassidy is pushing this plan. She adds, people are using marijuana now, and their drug dealer isn’t carding them.
If the state makes it legal, she argues new regulations would penalize youth or dealers who sell to youth.
(This story was originally published on February 4, 2019)