ProLifeCorner- Freeport Illinois- By Fr. Timothy Barr- I am sure we have all heard about the marijuana plantations going up all over in Illinois, and especially in Freeport. There seems to be a rush to get everything up and going, but maybe we should really look at what the effects of something like this will be. The Church does not teach that marijuana is an intrinsic evil, but it is a mind altering drug. It should be treated with great care.
The media is showering us with the “Wonder Drug” utopia, but we should not be so quick to put aside security measures to prevent recreational use or other abuses that go with simply the proximity of this drug. Yes we need jobs here desperately, but if these jobs open up problems for our children, should we be so quick to accept? Any other drug or medication in the medical field has to go through tight scrutiny to protect the people. Why is it that none of these protocols are being taken?
We need to slow down and make sure there is not a state agenda to legalize recreational use of this drug. Colorado is just now being awakened to the effects that were not projected. What affects will it have on our property value? Do we really know the negative effects? Will drug users flock to our city to do more criminal activity to get into the facility yet to be built? I have seen many times where a legitimate concern is used by evil people to do their evil deeds. Communism uses the case of the poor in order to control the people. Is this the case here too? Are these corporations using the tears of mothers so they can get our loved ones hooked?
There are too many unanswered questions and too many red flags to say that this new venture for our community is virtuous. The next County Board meeting is Feb 11 at 6:30pm in the County Courthouse if you have concerns too.
Editors note : Do you feel that legislators should be held accountable for creating such irresponsible laws such as growing marijuana throughout the state, and in counties such as Stephenson? If someone is a victim of a crime because the perpetrator was stoned on marijuana, he robbed, raped, a loved one killed in a car accident, etc. should the creators of these new marijuana laws be held accountable? If there are no laws already in place, should we push for laws that will hold politicians responsible to the point of personal lawsuits? If they believe that marijuana is such a good thing, then they should not be afraid to put their own personal accountability on the line. What do you think?
Here are some web sites to begin some research:
IMPORTANT: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday he is joining Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to sue Colorado: