12 Reasons Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized

By Les Deffner

Marijuana should be removed from the Federal Schedule 1 list of controlled substances. States should legalize it for medicinal purposes and recreational use. Here are 12 reasons why.

  1. Removing it from S1 at the federal level will then permit it to be prescribed to veterans without causing or risking them to lose VA coverage.
  2. The deadly and epidemic opioid crisis would abate.
  3. The suicide rate of veterans will also abate.
  4. Fewer people will be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for what is essentially a victimless crime.
  5. Lower prison rates require fewer taxes on citizens to keep people incarcerated. Tax burdens on citizens will drop.
  6. More children will be allowed to keep their fathers and mothers from jails and prisons. Those same children will then be less likely to become resentful of law enforcement officers, the criminal justice system, and authority in general.
  7. Kids without authority issues are less likely to join gangs.
  8. Kids with both their fathers and mothers are more likely to stay in school.
  9. The fewer laws law enforcement officers (LEOs) are required to enforce, the less likely there is for their paths to cross citizens and a lower likelihood of deadly conflict.
  10. Lower instances of LEO conflict will help the racial tensions in America to abate.
  11. The war on drugs (WOD) has been an epic failure, just as was the prohibition of alcohol was. The rise of street gangs and their perpetration of violence n America can strongly be linked to the underground and markets created by the WOD. Legalization may not completely remove those gangs or violence, but it will surely help folks wanting a smoke who are otherwise good citizens to seek their purchases in a legal manner.
  12. Though a Libertarian and I abhor taxation in general, I do support states obtaining tax revenues from marijuana sales which can be allocated towards the prosecution of users who are unable and incapable of being responsible adults. The tax revenues will help our state’s ridiculously high debts.

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State Rep. Allen Skillicorn to be April Meeting’s special guest speaker!

Our guest speaker this month will be State Rep. Allen Skillicorn from the 66th District, which includes parts of Algonquin, Crystal Lake, East and West Dundee, Elgin, Gilberts, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood and Sleepy Hollow, to the northwest of us here in DuPage.

Allen will talk about the challenges we face in Illinois, what we can expect from the new General Assembly and Governor, and he will gladly answer any and all questions we have, so come prepared.

Upcoming projects to plan for include the dual Memorial Day Parades that we will be doing in Itasca and then immediately afterwards in neighboring Wood Dale.

We will also be discussing in greater detail upcoming media projects that we will be involved in, as well as members who have stepped up and decided they would like to run for office in the next general election. Continue reading

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April 2, 2019, Election – DuPage County Proposals

Village of Lemont

Shall the Village of Lemont, in Counties of Cook, Will and DuPage, dedicate resources to investment in its public infrastructure including but not limited to investment in its roads, alleys, paths and sidewalks?

Vote No, there are already many taxes in place to pay for these repairs.

Shall the Village of Lemont, in Counties of Cook, Will, and DuPage, Illinois, dedicate resources to investment in its public infrastructure including but not limited to investment in its water and sewer systems?

—Vote No, there are already many taxes in place to pay for these repairs.

Shall the Village of Lemont, Counties of Cook, Will, and DuPage, Illinois, impose a Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and a Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax (commonly referred to as a “municipal sales tax”) at a rate of 1% for expenditures on public infrastructure or property tax relief in accordance with the provisions of Sections 8-11- 1.3 and 8-11-1.4 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.3 and 65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.4)?

—Vote No, there are already many taxes in place to pay for these repairs. Continue reading

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March Meeting’s special guest speaker is State Rep. Kathleen Willis!

Our guest speaker this month will be State Rep. Kathleen Willis from the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale, three of which are in DuPage.

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Our special guest speaker will be
State Rep. Kathleen Willis from the 77th District

Kathleen will talk about the challenges we face in Illinois, including her new gun dealer registration law, and what we can expect from the new General Assembly and Governor. She will gladly answer any and all questions we have, so come prepared.

As for the rest of our meeting, upcoming projects to plan for include the Memorial Day Parades in Itasca and Wood Dale, and possibilities for what options are available to us to make the most of it. Jeremiah from the Three Percenters has agreed to join us as well with his military truck, so we have plenty of decorating ideas to discuss.

As always, our meetings are free, all ages, and open to the public. The meeting officially starts at 7pm, social hour begins at 6pm. It’s $5 burger night at the American Tap, and they have a wide selection of craft beers on hand. See you there.

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The Year in Review 2018: Illinois Election Results

After a hard-fought battle in Illinois, Libertarian statewide races were unsuccessful in meeting the 5 percent threshold needed to obtain major-party status in the state.

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Mike Leheney had the highest vote percentage of all state-wide candidates at 3.5%.

The closest to receiving 5 percent in the election was treasurer candidate Mike Leheney, who received 3.5 percent. Candidate for governor Kash Jackson received 2.4 percent of the votes, comptroller candidate Claire Ball received 3.1 percent, secretary of state candidate Steve Dutner received 2.5 percent, and attorney general candidate Bubba Harsy received 2.5 percent.

In local results, McLean County had several Libertarians running for office: McLean County Board District 1 candidate Michael Suess received 19.4 percent; District 2 candidate Paul Michael Enerson received 4.8 percent; District 3 candidate Christopher Howick received 38.9 percent; District 4 candidate Alexandra Engle received 5.6 percent; District 8 candidate Steve Suess, who received an endorsement from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, received 5.5 percent; District 9 candidate Sol Roberts-Lieb received 4.6 percent; and District 10 candidate Kevin Woodard received 24.5 percent. McLean County treasurer candidate Lex Green received 26.1 percent, giving McLean County established-party status through 2022. Candidate Ian Peak ran for Jefferson County Board District 6 and received 20 percent of the vote.

While the campaign team members, volunteers, and candidates felt disappointment at the results, the Libertarian candidates accomplished many things in this election cycle that had previously never been done in Illinois. Kash Jackson was invited to participate in the NBC debate in September. He also received endorsements from Gov. Gary Johnson, Republican Illinois state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, and the Lake County, Ill., chapter of Black Lives Matter. Steve Dutner was the first Libertarian candidate to receive an endorsement from a major news publication, the State Journal-Register in Springfield. Even though statewide access was not achieved, LP Illinois gained access in two more counties, Kankakee and Perry, because Mike Leheney and Bubba Harsy received more than 5 percent of the votes in those counties.

Campaign manager Brian Lambrecht assured supporters that those gains would be used to Libertarian advantage in the future. “Despite not getting statewide ballot access in Illinois, a state with some of the harshest ballot access laws in the nation, we have secured ballot access, so far, in 25 of Illinois’ 102 counties,” Lambrecht said. “We plan to use that fully in 2020.”

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