The specific concern about hash oil is reflective of a larger question about the measure -- one on which the campaigns disagree: When it comes to the rule-making process outlined in the initiative, how much room is there for adding limitations?
Teacher pensions have been a hot topic in Illinois for a while now. With the state drowning in debt, in large part because of unfunded pension liabilities, it's hard to be a teacher around here these days. But, for school administrators, life in the education sphere is a little more glamorous.
Throughout early American history, marijuana use was legal under both federal and individual state laws. In fact, from 1850 to 1941, cannabis was included in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a recognized medicinal. By the end of 1936, however, all 48 states had enacted laws to regulate marijuana.
When residents of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the adult use of cannabis, it felt like a momentary rush of sobriety in a country dazed by decades of anti-marijuana hysteria. But what comes next?
In every corner of our state we weighed and debated the issue, broke down the economic and human costs of marijuana prohibition, and, in the end, decided that regulating adult possession of the weed was a very smart thing for us to do.