State of Illinois Archives: on Drugs


Ameya Pawar: Focus on rehabilitation, not punishment

Ameya will make prisons more humane by placing limitations on the use of solitary confinement and ending the ugly history of refusing medical care to prisoners. Ameya will end mandatory minimums for state crimes, and reinstate the discretionary parole system. Prisons will have education, job training, and job placement programs, allowing people to re-enter society as productive members of society with economic opportunities, which reduces recidivism and saves money.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website pawar2018.com Sep 1, 2017

Ameya Pawar: End the war on drugs

Illinois cannot stop the federal government from carrying out its War on Drugs, but we can stop doing their work for them. This includes reducing minor possession of controlled substances from a felony, legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana, using some of the revenue generated to pay for addiction treatment and safe injection sites. Addiction is a disease and those who suffer from it deserve treatment, not punishment for their illness.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website pawar2018.com Sep 1, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Legalization based on science, not tax impact

Chris further believes that the issue of legalizing marijuana should be separated from the issue of using taxes as a revenue stream to fund state government. If the medical and scientific evidence supports the legalization of marijuana, then Illinois should legalize marijuana, whether it is helpful to the state budget or not. This decision should be taken on its own merit and not made in the fog of political conflict over paying for state government.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website KennedyForIllinois.com Sep 1, 2017

Daniel Biss: Legalize marijuana

Legalizing and regulating marijuana will increase tax revenue, reduce law enforcement costs, and bring jobs to Illinois. More importantly, the application of marijuana laws disproportionately targets African Americans despite similar rates of use between white and black Americans. This is why Daniel co-sponsored a bill that would fully legalize marijuana in Illinois.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website DanielBiss.com Sep 1, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Don't count on marijuana getting legalized

Asked about marijuana while speaking to a group of college Democrats in Bloomington, JB Pritzker received roaring applause to his one-sentence statement on the topic: "And I think we should legalize marijuana and tax it."

Chris Kennedy was asked by a student: if it was legalized, what would his plan be for using the tax money? "I think you have high hopes," Kennedy quipped to laughter and applause, and then said, "I don't know whether it'll get legalized, I don't know if it'll get taxed. I mean, I think betting our future that all of that occurs and that somehow that's gonna cure our budget problem. I think we need thoughtful, real, concrete [policy plans] that operate without relying on something that has, you know, tenuous, possibilities. Sorry. I'll tell you the truth." The students were dead silent when he finished, so Kennedy decided to take one more question because, he said, "I can't go out on that one."

Source: CapitolFax.com on 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race May 1, 2017

J.B. Pritzker: Legalize and tax marijuana

Asked about marijuana while speaking to a group of college Democrats in Bloomington, JB Pritzker received roaring applause to his one-sentence statement on the topic: "And I think we should legalize marijuana and tax it."

Chris Kennedy was asked by a student: if it was legalized, what would his plan be for using the tax money? "I think you have high hopes," Kennedy quipped to laughter and applause, and then said, "I don't know whether it'll get legalized, I don't know if it'll get taxed. I mean, I think betting our future that all of that occurs and that somehow that's gonna cure our budget problem. I think we need thoughtful, real, concrete [policy plans] that operate without relying on something that has, you know, tenuous, possibilities. Sorry. I'll tell you the truth." The students were dead silent when he finished, so Kennedy decided to take one more question because, he said, "I can't go out on that one."

Source: CapitolFax.com on 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race May 1, 2017

Raja Krishnamoorthi: Opioid abuse blights our nation; more funds to fight it

The growing crisis of opioid abuse is a blight on our community and on our nation. Such drugs include heroin, but also prescription medicine like oxycodone, codeine, and methadone.

Raja recognizes that opioid abuse is a national crisis that requires swift action. There are two significant holes in the most recent federal legislation that threaten its usefulness: