SPOTLIGHT: Implications of “Recreational” Marijuana

Written by David E. Smith

If you listen to only one Spotlight podcast this year, please listen to this one!

Monte Larrick and I are joined by Jo McGuire, Colorado native and Chairman of the Board of the National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association, for an eye-opening discussion of the devastation that five years of legalized marijuana has brought to the state of Colorado. In the 2018 lame duck Veto Session in Springfield (November 13-15 and 27-29), Illinois state lawmakers could vote to fully legalize marijuana in Illinois.

Based on her firsthand knowledge of the disastrous changes Colorado has experienced, Ms. McGuire describes what our state might look like five years from now if recreational marijuana is legal and readily available to all. Could Rockford, Belleville, Kankakee or Decatur become the next Pueblo, CO where homeless “marijuana refugees” make up almost 10 percent of the population and where 8-10 percent of babies born in one of the city’s hospitals test positive for THC?

Sadly, the answer is “YES.”

Armed with facts and figures, Ms. McGuire makes a rock-solid case as to why our elected representatives should refuse to be swayed by the promises and lies of the marijuana industry. But it is her personal story of how marijuana addiction rocked her family that is even more compelling. We urge you to share this podcast with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, Christians and non-Christians alike.

Much of her information comes from the Rocky Mountain HIDTA Report.

If you would like to read more from Ms. McGuire, visit her website, and check out her blog.

Please call your state representative to ask him/her to vote against any proposal that would legalized so-called “recreational” marijuana in the Land of Lincoln.  The Capitol switchboard number is (217) 782-2000.

Learn more:

IFI Resource Page on Marijuana

Video Presentation by Colorado Expert Jo McGuire

Illinois Police Chief Issues a Warning on Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana: Fostering a Chronic State

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