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Marijuana Laws Could Change in Illinois

ROCKFORD- Two Illinois law makers will join forces with sixteen other members of Congress supporting a move that will move marijuana out of a strict criminal category to a less severe one.
Two Illinois law makers will join forces with sixteen other members of Congress supporting a move that will move marijuana out of a strict criminal category to a less severe one. U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston and Mike Quigley of Chicago believe punishments for possession of marijuana are too harsh and President Obama agrees saying pot is no more harmful than beer. But what consequences could that have in the stateline?.

"Sometimes when these laws change individuals will rationalize or intellectualize, that now that it's not in the same classification, well this will justify my use or my abuse of using this particular drug," said Kevin Polky, clinical social worker at KP Counseling.  

Polky says that there's a group that may be more susceptible to fall victim of the negative consequences of changing laws.

"I think there's certain young people meaning young adults and adolescents, they may be more susceptible to thinking that there's less risk because now all of a sudden it moves from illegal to legal or changes in classification." 

Polky says he is also concerned with false information that may be online.

"There's already quite a bit of literature out there or websites that already try to remove the risk or the dangers of that and so probably for me that's one of the concerns that it doesnt have any negative effect at all and we know from a stand point of treatment that that isn't true."


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