Lackluster profits among legal marijuana growers is no reason to expand pot laws in Illinois.
There are much better reasons.
Retail sales of medical cannabis in Illinois reached about $9.3 million in December, the Chicago Tribune reported. Operators say the count is low, and that’s because of too many constraints on the law.
But those in the state-sanctioned marijuana business knew they were taking risks when they stepped in. In Illinois, after all, medical marijuana’s status is that of a pilot program, set to expire in a couple of short years.
Even those who are in the business, however, agree that profit isn’t the point of pot.
“Let’s not make it about money. Let’s make it about quality of life,” said Matt Stern, owner of the Quad-Cities’ only retail dispensary, Nature’s Treatment of Illinois, in Milan. “Let’s make it about saving lives.”
Saving lives with medically permitted weed? Stern is not overstating the case.
“There’s no doubt: In every state they’ve loosened up marijuana laws,