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July 07, 2005

Whatever is Lisa M. thinking?

I'm pretty disgusted today with Lisa Madigan.

I'd hoped the Illinois attorney general was above the cheap stunt she's pulling with the marijuana-flavored candy. But, no, she's out crusading against an obscure and perfectly legal novelty item, treating it as a Great Threat to American Youth.

She's gone so far as to contact Moline, asking that it forbid the sales since one of the relative few stores in the state that sell the pops is at SouthPark Mall. The city attorney is dutifully drawing up an ordinance for council consideration.

Her nonsense is particularly grating, coming as it does at a time when any adult discussion about marijuana would be about its medical use.

The legislators who lost last year when they tried to pass a medical marijuana bill should try again. The feds may have enough resources left over from the war on terror to harass people whose doctors prescribe marijuana, but we ought not to squander state and local resources in such pursuits.

By joining the growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana, Illinois would increase the pressure on Congress to -- finally -- remove impediments the Supreme Court cited when it said state laws on medical marijuana don't override the feds.

With health issues of import on the table, Ms. Madigan is jumping up and down and yelling about harmless candy. Disappointing, very disappointing.

Posted by jcb at July 7, 2005 12:25 PM


Next she should go after those darn candy cigarettes! And what about those bubble-gum cigars, for pete's sake?

Posted by: Vita at July 7, 2005 01:02 PM

There are stupider things she could be doing.

Posted by: le biel at July 7, 2005 07:43 PM