State of Illinois Archives: on Drugs


Doug Truax: Medical marijuana is a state issue

Republican contenders for Senate say they would not vote to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level, though one of them voted in favor of such a measure in Illinois. Despite his support of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois, state Sen. Jim Oberweis said the issue should not be addressed at the federal level. "The federal government needs to let the states individually decide how to handle the issue of medicinal marijuana," the Sugar Grove Republican said in a prepared statement.

His Republican primary election opponent, Doug Truax of Oak Brook, has a similar view on the issue, according to a campaign spokesman, who said, "His position is that it is a state issue, not a federal one." If legalizing recreational use of marijuana came up at the national level, the spokesman said Truax again would argue to leave it up to the states.

Source: Daily Herald on 2014 Illinois GOP Senate primary debate Feb 21, 2014

Jim Oberweis: Who am I to say patients shouldn't use medical marijuana?

Despite his support of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois, state Sen. Jim Oberweis said the issue should not be addressed at the federal level. "The federal government needs to let the states individually decide how to handle the issue of medicinal marijuana," the Republican said.

Illinois legalized medical marijuana last summer. Oberweis voted for it and after it passed the state Senate he said, "The bottom line is: Who am I to say that they shouldn't be allowed to use that if in fact that will help them?"

But if it came up at the federal level, Oberweis would argue it wouldn't be Congress' place to legalize it. In a prepared statement, he said, "The federal government needs to let the states make decisions for themselves, the same way states get to set their own speed limits and handle their own economic policies."

Twenty states have legalized medical marijuana and two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Source: Daily Herald on 2014 Illinois GOP Senate primary debate Feb 21, 2014

Jim Oberweis: Let doctoral psychologists prescribe controlled substances

Oberweis voted Yea on SB 2187, "Authorizing Doctoral Level Psychologists to Prescribe Controlled Substances". Bill Passed Senate 37-10. OnTheIssues Synopsis:
Source: OnTheIssues synopsis of Illinois legislative voting records Apr 25, 2013

Rodney Davis: Strengthen penalties associated with drug-related crimes

Source: Illinois State 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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