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To the Editor:

With absolutely no regard for solid facts or evidence from other states, lawmakers are set to legalize and tax marijuana. They are actually willing to put our children’s future at great risk for an insignificant amount of revenue. In Colorado, pot brings in 0.08 percent of its annual budget. Have we really sunk this low?

Recreational marijuana has affected every part of society in states that have legalized it.

The increase in adolescent and teen use is staggering. In Colorado, it’s the No. 1 problem in schools. Medical research has found that youth who use regularly risk losing 8 IQ points or more.

In states with recreational marijuana, employers are having difficulty finding employees who aren’t high. Traffic fatalities have doubled. Homeless populations have skyrocketed. Marijuana-related hospitalizations and calls to poison control centers have escalated through the roof.

Will this be Illinois’ future?

On the March 20 primary ballot in Cook County and most likely for the entire state in November, voters will be asked whether marijuana should be legal. If these referendums pass, lawmakers will be emboldened and Illinois’ future and the future of our children will go up in smoke.

Kathy Valente

Director of Operations

Illinois Family Institute

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