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Letters to the Editor

Local communities should rethink marijuana sales

To the editor:

I’m somewhat confused by the glee expressed by our governor, and perhaps some others in St. Charles and Elburn.

An article in the Kane County Chronicle was headlined: “St. Charles aldermenare leaning in favor of allowing the retail sale of marijuana now that recreational marijuana use and possession will be legal starting Jan. 1, 2020,” and in Elburn, “A majority of board members seemed to be infavor of allowing (marijuana) dispensaries, so they have since gone on to talk about where and under what conditions a dispensary would be allowed." Fantastic. Or is it?

After many decades of the war on drugs, we’ve now somehow become enlightened, so much so that we can tell our children that using drugs for recreation is OK. Oh sure, you have to wait until you are of age, but recreational use of mind-altering drugs is now being promoted.

I wonder: have any children ever gotten their hands onliquor or cigarettes before they’ve become “of age?” What happens to them when they’re foundout? And what happens to them when theyDO come of age? Does wisdom kick in andconvince them to avoid both?

Go ahead, you St. Charles aldermen and the Committee of the Whole in Elburn, and join our governor. Make sure you smile as he did when he signed that bill informing the children of Illinois that using drugs for fun is A-OK.

John Babush

Big Rock

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