To the Editor:
While I’m happy to see the city of DeKalb considering lowering the fine for small marijuana possession offenses, there will still be the problem that this substance is going to be in an illegal market. That means that criminals will continue to control the market and sell it to kids, as well as lacking any quality controls over the product itself.
The best way to keep this substance away from kids is to legalize and regulate the production, distribution and consumption and limit that to adults only, unless medical reasons require it for minors.
Criminals selling marijuana do not care how old their customers are, but liquor and tobacco shop owners and employees do because they will be arrested and punished if they sell to underage patrons.
I urge DeKalb to pressure Springfield to legalize and regulate the adult cannabis market like Colorado and Washington state recently decided to do via ballot initiatives. How long must this failed prohibition go on before parents realize their children are safer in a world where this flower is legal and regulated by the government like all other products meant for human consumption?
Apparently we have not yet learned the lesson from the Noble Experiment.
Executive director, Illinois NORML