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To the Editor:

A big decision for Illinois law makers: Vote yes or no. Should the state of Illinois legalize recreational marijuana?

Is that such a hard decision when the only logical answer is no? Why would anyone vote to allow another addictive drug that has proven to promote pain and suffering to the user and those around them?

Medical marijuana we can understand. If that is the only drug, the only drug that can give relief to someone suffering pain or another medical problem then let them have it with our blessing. To legalize it for someone who just wants to get high, to feel good and escape everyday problems and responsibilities is flat wrong.

We hear people say, “They’re going to get it anyway, we might as well legalize it and get the tax money.” Really? If it is about the tax money, and it is, we might as well say let’s legalize heroin and tax the addict. Legalize meth and tax the supplier.

It’s time to stand up people. Contact our lawmakers and tell them recreational marijuana is wrong for Illinois. Don’t wait until some driver who is high on their recreational drug kills your child or grandchild or someone dear to you. It’s too late then to speak up. Speak up now.

Everett Rushing

Carbondale

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