Rep. Cassidy, whose 14th District includes a swatch of south Evanston, highlighted some of the features of the legislation and fielded questions from community members in a lively session at the Eighth Ward community meeting at the Levy Community Center on July 30.
“…What we know in states around the country that have passed legalization – and they have done it prior to us via a ballot referendum...they’ve all been kind of industry-centric bills which have resulted in making a handful of millionaires in states but not really restoring any of the communities that the war on drugs have had an impact on.”
By contrast, Illinois law was done “in a slow and thoughtful and transparent way. We had dozens of town hall meetings, we had, I think 10 public hearings, hundreds of stakeholder meetings,” Rep. Cassidy said.
Source: Evanston Round Table