Are we really surprised that two young women, who knowingly and willingly purchased and ingested illegal, laced marijuana, nearly died? If anyone is, then I hate to be the one to break the news to you: These incidents have happened before and happen all the time.

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I wonder how much illegal marijuana is being sold in the 11 states that have recreational marijuana? I wonder if the 11 states wish they had not passed recreational laws? For sure not Illinois. In a Chicago Tribune story published May 6, Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave several reasons to pass the recreational marijuana law.

Legalizing marijuana is one huge step to get illegal, dirty marijuana off the street. The time has come to follow the progressive states that have moved beyond prohibition. There was a time in our history that it was legal in all states to grow marijuana and one would go to jail for a fifth of whiskey.