So, the local paper is aware that Iâ€™ve been pretty active in drug policy reform and decided to interview me (and others) about the new legalization of marijuana in Illinois.
In todayâ€™s Pantagraph, Marijuana legalization proponents, opponents look to future
Not bad, overall, although comments were shortened and sometimes lost context (it was an hour interview), and Iâ€™m a bit disappointed that nothing was included about the social justice parts of the new law (expungements, and helping those communities that had been disproportionately affected by the drug war).
A few opponents were also interviewed. The ones from the health care systems were relatively reasonable â€“ concerned about future potential treatment needs, but not taking a major stand on legalization. But we had a real spouting of the old reefer madness from Paul Pederson â€“ president of the Illinois State Medical Society â€” a lot of mixing correlations with causation, and a complete lack of any kind of preparedness from looking at the vast number of studies that exist, and the results in states where legalization has occurred.