Moylan Rips Legal Pot Bill Bill: Moylan Not Opposed to Criminal, Social Justice Aspects

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Moylan Rips Legal Pot Bill Bill: Moylan Not Opposed to Criminal, Social Justice Aspects


Byline: Mitch Dudek Chicago Sun-Times

A suburban state lawmaker on Monday implored Illinoisans to join him in throwing a wrench into the growing momentum to legalize marijuana in Illinois.

"There's other ways to generate revenue, not on the backs of our kids and young adults who are going to be addicted and sucked into this," state Rep. Marty Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, said during a news conference outside the Thompson Center in Chicago.

His message comes two days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a legalization bill that would allow people 21 and older to possess 30 grams of recreational marijuana and grow up to five plants in their homes.

"They're going to be growing it on the back porch and selling it on the front porch," Moylan said. "Listen, do you want this stuff in your neighborhood?"

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot released a statement Monday endorsing Pritzker's plan as "an important step forward in creating a fair process for legalizing recreational marijuana."

Moylan said he's not opposed to the criminal

and social justice aspects in the bill, but those issues should be addressed in separate legislation. …

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