Pubdate: Fri, 25 Feb 2011
Source: Northern Star (IL Edu)
Copyright: 2011 Northern Star
Author: Robbie Barba


Illinois' executive branch is currently not pleasing anyone. After a 
raise in income tax, we still see cuts in public interest spending.

Our state must be in a really sticky situation if the executive 
branch has decided to turn to such an unpleasant method of decreasing 
our state's deficit. Is there a better way to get rid of our state's debt?

California failed to pass Proposition 19 in 2010. This would have 
allowed regulated sale of cannabis, which would have been taxed. I've 
heard that there is a very high potential revenue in this. Marijuana 
is our nation's largest cash crop. Why don't we benefit from this?

Even here at NIU, we have many students that partake in cannabis.

According to the daily offense log on the Department of Public 
Safety's webpage, there have been 31 marijuana and drug equipment 
offenses from the beginning of this semester to Feb. 16. We are 
averaging one per day! And those are only the uncommon cases where a 
user is caught.

Imagine how many more users there are on our campus and other schools 
across the state. I think our state legislators should seriously 
consider legalization and taxation of cannabis as a possible way to 
lower income taxes and spend more on public needs, while still 
helping Illinois get rid of its massive debt.

Robbie Barba

Freshman physics major
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