Representative Grant Wehrli Votes Against Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Today the House of Representatives approved a measure that would make Illinois the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Following the successful floor vote on HB 1438, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) issued the following statement:

“I could not support the legalization of recreational marijuana for Illinois because first and foremost, marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. As such, research into its true effects is limited. I believe marijuana should be removed from the federal Schedule I list of prohibited drugs so the real impact of its use can be thoroughly studied. I think we’re putting the cart before the horse by approving this bill without full knowledge of its effects.”

“I believe it’s irresponsible to rush this legalization when we do not have empirical data that shows us the real impact long-term cannabis use has on the human brain. The research simply is not there, and I could not put a vote on a measure that could cause real, long-term and irreversible damage to people.”

“While this bill would legalize marijuana for those over the age of 21, we know children will get their hands on it. Science is clear that the human brain is not fully developed until people are in their mid-20s. By passing this bill we’re sending a message that marijuana use is OK and safe. We just can’t say that with certainty.”