How Does Senator Barickman Plan to “Regulate” a Train Wreck?

Written by Kathy Valente

Illinois State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) has been an outspoken proponent for legalizing high-potency marijuana and he wants a “seat at the table” when Gov.-elect JB Pritzker and other Chicago Democrats move the bill in 2019.

Take ACTION: Barickman will be the featured speaker Dec. 4 at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce’s BN The Know event in Bloomington, titled “Recreational Marijuana and the Business Community.” You can register to attend HERE.

“We need to be in front of the popular opinion and put those regulations in place that represent the reasonable expectations the public has for how this would become legal,” Senator Barickman said.

Unfortunately, there are no regulations that could possibly prevent the dire consequences common in other states.

The chart below is from a new report released this month put out by the Centennial Institute titled Economic and Social Costs of Legalized Marijuana. It is the first of its kind to calculate the negative costs associated with legalization. For every dollar spend on legalization, it’s costing Colorado residents $4.50. They claim this is a low estimation. Can Illinois afford more bad public policy that will cost the taxpayers in the end?


You can view the entire report PLUS access videos from several professionals testifying how legalization has negatively impacted their states at  

Please plan to attend this event and bring up this timely report. Point all in attendance to the www.NoWeedIllinois web site to get the facts for themselves.

For more information about the consequences of recreational marijuana, please visit this web-page.

You can call Senator Barickman’s office at (309) 661-2788 to urge him to rethink his advocacy of this dangerous policy.

Read more:

Illinois lawmakers seek feedback on legal marijuana (Herald&Review)

Barickman: Republicans Split on Legalizing Marijuana (WGLT)

GOP’s Barickman Wants to Work Jointly With Democrats On Marijuana Bill (WGLT)

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