Herald-Whig

Breaking pot law in past acceptable now

Posted: Aug. 4, 2019 12:01 am

To The Herald-Whig:

The expungement of criminal records of some estimated 800,000 convicted lawbreakers in Illinois makes this part of the new law a first among the now 11 states where recreational marijuana is legal, come Jan. 1. It was illegal when they were charged, but since personal accountability and responsibility are evidently no longer self-redeeming character traits, intentionally breaking the law then is perfectly acceptable now.

In 1974, the National Maximum Speed Law established 55 mph as the speed limit on all interstate highways. With higher speeds allowed in 1987, shouldn't all of those convicted of speeding less than 20 mph over the posted limit on an interstate in Illinois during those approximate 13 years have that conviction expunged? A conviction is a conviction. And when it comes to consuming marijuana purely for recreational purposes, I am unable to find a single study that mentions even one positive attribute associated with the ingestion of cannabis.

The Judas goats appear to be driving this buggy.

Greg Gronewold

Carthage, Ill.