The Push for Marijuana Legalization

Date:  April 23, 2019  
Host:   Jim Schneider  
​Guest:  David Smith  
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The push for the legalization of marijuana is hitting America like a tidal wave! Many states have already legalized both recreational and/or so termed “medical” marijuana with many more beginning to implement one (or both). Legislators are pushing for legalization promising to be the cure all for pain, while at the same time, also adding significant relief of state’s heavy tax burden. Some even believe legalizing marijuana will eliminate the black market for drugs. Our guest today, strongly disagrees. 

David Smith is the Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute.  Prior to serving with this organization he worked for a Chicago Alderman.  He has over 30 years of experience in public policy and grassroots activism.  He has a Bachelors in Political Science and is an alumnus of Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellowship.  He is frequently interviewed on topics such as abortion, sex education, pornography, gambling and on our topic today.  

When did the push for marijuana begin? Smith (speaking of his state of Illinois) says it took ten years to become legal (effective in 2014) and now, five years later there is even more push back for more legalization claiming “not enough.” Smith chides “(today with all of the available conditions) if you cannot qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Illinois, there is something wrong with you!”

But, what about the “medical side?” Marijuana advocates herald that only marijuana can provide true pain relief. Smith argues first of all “Raw marijuana is not medicine! Eating a raw plant that has not been dispensed, measured, or given in a prescribed dose, is absolutely ridiculous! Like eating mold and calling it penicillin.” Furthermore, Smith mentions that there are “derivatives (of marijuana) that the FDA has approved that do not get you high (without THC).” Smith says “all the experts are looking at CBD (from marijuana) saying THIS is the real medical benefit in this plant whereas, the THC is what is sought after which is what gets a person high.” Does marijuana use help with pain? Smith says “anecdotally, yes, however, there are thousands of pain regiments available and if someone claims they have tried everything? They are lying to you. THC does get you intoxicated, does change your mental status and has negative effects.” 

Crosstalk does discuss the harmful, physical impact that marijuana use has on the human brain and body (specifically in younger age people), also CBD oil use, psychosis, the black market, the state of Colorado (since legalization), and also, the spiritual side, in what the Bible has to say on the subject. Illinois listeners in particular, are also encouraged to call a legislative hotline to let their voice be heard #217.782.2000. Crosstalk takes your calls.

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