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Rick Steves Testifies In Illinois In Support Of Legalization

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director November 29, 2017
    Rick Steves with Illinois NORML's Ali Nagib

    Rick Steves with Illinois NORML’s Ali Nagib

    On Tuesday, travel radio and television host Rick Steves, a NORML Board Member, journeyed to Illinois to testify in support of marijuana legalization effort in the state legislature.

    “When you legalize marijuana, use does not go up, teen use does not go up, crime does not go up, what goes up ix tax revenue, what goes down is the black market,” Steves said. “Seventy thousand people are locked up in our country every year, 700,000 people are arrested, for possession of marijuana, not violent crimes. They’re not rich white guys, they’re poor people and they’re black people. It’s amazing that it’s happening in our country right now and there is just a way out of this.”

    Steves is well known for his public support of reform and has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy in support of outright legalization. During his press conference in Chicago, he was flanked by state lawmakers who have introduced the legislation. In their remarks, they laid out the economic realities of prohibition.

    “It is clear that prohibition doesn’t work and that by lifting cannabis restrictions we can encourage economic development in Illinois,” State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said. “We are carefully considering all aspects and potential impacts of legalizing adult-use cannabis, including job growth.”

    “Legalizing cannabis will spur the creation of new small businesses and much-needed jobs,” State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said. “We are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity on the table by continuing the outdated status quo of prohibition.”

    A recent poll of Illinois voters shows that 66% support the outright legalization of marijuana, and 74% support an end to arrests and penalties for simple possession.

    You can watch the press conference by clicking here.

    Make sure to follow Illinois NORML on Facebook, Twitter, and visit their website: https://illinoisnorml.org/

    8 Responses to “Rick Steves Testifies In Illinois In Support Of Legalization”

    1. RECCHIA says:

      Glad to have Rick here in Illinois to bring common sense knowledge to our legislators and the general public. Rick presented information that is hard to dispute, when you get to the bottom line where this state is in such need of revenue, but so many could benefit from Cannabis. We are desperate for revenue legalization should be an absolute.

      Rick, thank you again for helping us drill into state regulators and legislators the factual data that may sink in for a YES vote.

    2. Julian says:

      Thank you Rick for using years of speaking skills and reputation to bring home the point to our state and local legislators.

      I guess clips of your speeches are as close as we’re gonna get to the Potumentary of “Rick Steve’s America”!

    3. Ben says:

      Sessions needs to look at DC.

      He needs to get them in line,
      and they need to legalize cannabis.

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