Chris Kennedy on Drugs
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
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
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