|The Chicago Tribune (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-12/news/ct-met-medical-marijuana-20130712_1_dispensaries-medical-marijuana-business-suburbs-brace) has a front page article about entrepreneurs and patients hoping the governor will sign HB 1 to legalize marijuana as medicine. The National Cannabis Industry Association will hold a symposium in Chicago in August and include a national networking reception to bring together investors and people with marijuana-growing experience.
Calls and e-mails are needed to Governor Quinn, even if you have called or contacted him before.
Despite increasing public acceptance of marijuana overall, politicians know there are complications that could come with commercializing an addictive substance. Opponents of pot are particularly worried that legalization will result in increased use by young people.
A 2012 study finding that regular use of marijuana during teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ, and another study indicating marijuana use can induce and exacerbate psychotic illness in susceptible people.
In 2009, concentrations of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot, averaged close to 10 percent in marijuana, compared with about 4 percent in the 1980s, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
"If marijuana legalization was about my old buddies at Berkeley smoking in People's Park once a week I don't think many of us would care that much," says Sabet, who helped to found Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group that opposes legalization. "It's really about creating a new industry that's going to target kids and target minorities and our vulnerable populations just like our legal industries do today." http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_23566759/marijuanas-march-toward-mainstream-confounds-feds?utm_source=Join+Together+Daily&utm_campaign=d0a0e3fbca-JT_Daily_News_Justice_Department_Asks&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_97f4d27738-d0a0e3fbca-221321333
Patrick Kennedy changed his position on medical marijuana when he learned about the science. Watch this interview on CNN where he opposes the legalization of marijuana.