Op-Ed: Fab, righteous and groovy! Recreational pot gets legal in Illinois!
(Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)
Unalloyed joy overcame State Sen. Heather Steans (above left), Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth after the Illinois House approved the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Pending the almost certain signature of Gov. J.P. Pritzker, the loathsome and hateful conservative cultural agenda has been struck down once again. As libertarian Tribune columnist Steve Chapman proclaims,
the direction of history is unmistakable. Cannabis is well on its way to becoming a part of the landscape of normal life across vast expanses of America. At this point, it’s not easy to decide which is more significant: that public policy has come to this, or that it took so long.
Hey, Man! That's boss! The ever-enlarging paternal state is on its way out, despite how those politically correct progressives who want to run our lives by regulating tobacco, e-cigarets, alcohol, health care, how we drive, what we eat (no meat because those farting cows are filling the warming globe with methane) and--this most importantly--what we can say.
But wait! How can progressives (like above and Kim Foxx, below) be so enthusiastic about how removing regulation is a blow against their all-encompassing sketch book. It surely beats me how those many traitor progressives and Democrats are in such a celebratory mood, considering the significant amount of data and research that shows that marijuana is dangerous on many levels. How anti-science is that?! It's not okay to doubt global warming science but that anti-hemp propaganda masquerading as science needs to go out with the trash.
So, to hell with those who are trying to suppress our highs by arguing that marijuana is a gateway drug and dangerous for vulnerable young people. Never mind that driving under the influence can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Disband those nosy Mothers Against Drunk Driving before they shutdown our stash. Just ignore the possibility that, thanks to the free market, the black market for weed will thrive by underpricing highly regulated and more expensive legal marijuana sales. Finally this: With all progressives so critical of corporate special interests, how can they now help create and love so much in love with what will become one of Illinois' most influential, big business lobbies?
What counts is that I and anyone else who wants can get our doobies. It's a new day a-coming! Morning has broken! Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, free at last!
P.S. Of course we know that there are no landmines or special favors in the 610 bill. If you think so, you'll find out that it's not, by reading the 610-page bill here.