It’s a tactic that the federal government has regularly used against us. Wear them out. Allow for a system of re-scheduling marijuana, but let it take 20 years to go through the process of appeals and denials and maybe we’ll just get tired of trying.
It’s been an effective tactic in stalling progress, but it can’t ultimately succeed, because we also use that tactic in a positive way.
It’s been made very clear that every defeat of medical marijuana in Illinois will now mean another bill the next year. And it will get harder and harder for the opposition to mount a serious challenge to it, particularly as more of the public gets educated.
There is a strong and dedicated group of medical marijuana advocates in Illinois who will not give up.
The same is true of groups in various other states pushing for legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. As we’ve seen, success may be delayed, but with persistence and patience, we persevere.
It’s frustrating, but it won’t always move this slowly. Critical mass will see to that.