Letters to the Editor

Letter: Marijuana law

To the Editor:

The good thing about the new marijuana law is that communities can opt out of retail sales and limit drug traffic.

Don't buy the "tax revenues" talking points. According to the Centennial Institute, “for every dollar gained in tax revenue, Coloradans spend approximately $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization.”

Far from being an innocuous drug that the marijuana proponents portrays as safe, marijuana has serious health risks that should alarm any community.

Cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses, including social anxiety disorder. People who used cannabis are almost three times as likely to use opiates.

Since Colorado legalized weed, fatal crashes whose driver tested positive for marijuana has doubled. There has been an increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and violent crime.

More than a fourth of Colorado’s middle and high school students use pot more than once daily. Chronic use by those under 25 can lead to a permanent loss of up to 8 IQ points.

Instead of making Big Marijuana richer, make your community a refuge for families seeking to shield their loved ones from this drug’s destructive path.

Talk to your local elected officials about opting your community out. The costs of legal pot to families, communities, and lives are not worth it.

Kathy Valente

Tinley Park

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.