Editorial: Illinois’ hurry to embrace recreational marijuana

The unrelenting wave across the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana began in 2012 when Colorado and Washington by way of referendum became the first states in the union to grant that liberty.

Two years later, Alaska and Oregon followed suit; two years after that, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada joined in. All six by referendum.

Two years ago, Vermont became the first state to approve legalization through action by the state legislature without a referendum.

Last year, Michigan became the latest state to legalize recreational use of marijuana when voters agreed to it through a referendum.

All told, that’s 10 states that have embraced that freedom in this decade. A movement toward pot clearly is afoot.

Frankly, we don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing.

And that, it strikes us, is the problem as the

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