Title of the piece at The Southern: Local authorties: Marijuana should not be legalized
And what is the reasoning from those “authorties”?
“I’m against it,” said Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman. “They’re going to continue to use drugs, so why legalize it?”
That has got to be one of the most amazing pieces of reasoning I’ve ever heard.
A member of the Perry County Drug Task Force and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association’s legislative committee, Kellerman said cannabis prohibition laws aren’t stopping people from using the drug, so removing the laws will only enhance the problem of drug use.
And another Sheriff weighs in. At least he’s a little more… confused.
Union County Sheriff David Livesay said he’s heard information on both sides of the legal marijuana debate, but can’t say he would approve of legalization.
“I don’t know if legalizing marijuana is the answer,” he said. “I hate to say it would be.”
Livesay said he’s heard a lot lately about the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, but doesn’t think evidence supporting the cause is significant enough to merit legalization.
“Until we can see some studies where it showed something of more significance, I’d be opposed to that,” he said.
Given all the studies out there, I wonder what would be required for “more significance.”
As an Illinois resident, I hate to generalize against the southern portion, but…