SPRINGFIELD - If Illinoisans and Illinois lawmakers are relieved that the discussion over medical marijuana was decided last session, and the state can move on to more pertinent "non-social" issues, they'll be irritated with the latest trial balloon released by the ACLU of Illinois this week.
On their Facebook page for the past few days, the ACLU of Illinois has been running a poll asking if it's time for Illinois to decriminalize marijuana - the same next step two other states that legalized medical marijuana have taken:
What were the results of the 134 votes cast? Only 2 percent were in favor of c) keeping the law as is. 85 percent are for b)legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and 13 percent for a) removing the criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Looks like those relieved Illinois lawmakers have to decide now if Illinois should remove any barriers on the use of pot in Illinois. It remains to be seen whether State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago) will champion this next legal phase for cannabis enjoyers.