The federal government has stepped up a crackdown on medical marijuana users and distributors.
The Huffington Post recently reported raids on those involved with medical marijuana and President Obama’s apparent decision to back away from a 2007 campaign pledge.
Medical marijuana is legal in 16 states. A medical marijuana bill was defeated in the Illinois House earlier this year. The same bill, championed by state Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), also fell short in November 2011.
Some prominent local politicians, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, have decried the use of law enforcement resources to incarcerate non-violent drug offenders.
“Instead of dealing with our addiction problem in this country with a public health response, we’ve responded by criminalizing people,” Preckwinkle said in February in Palatine. “And I would suggest that’s destructive to those individuals. It’s destructive to the communities they come out of and it's extraordinarily expensive to the rest of us.”