Chicago, Ill., Feb 5, 2019 / 20:15 pm
Citing "rampant" drug use in modern society and a commitment to the common good, the six Catholic bishops of Illinois are speaking out against the the state's efforts to legalize recreational marijuana.
"Proponents of legalization say marijuana is not addictive, yet peer-reviewed research concludes that it is," the bishops wrote in a Feb. 4 joint statement released by the Catholic Conference of Illinois.
"Proponents also say that most people who use marijuana will not move on to harder drugs, yet other studies note that most people who are addicted to other drugs started with alcohol and marijuana," they wrote.
The push to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Illinois is being led by State Sen. Heather Steans and State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Chicago democrats, who said Jan. 29 that they hope to introduce a formal bill to the legislature soon.