Why Illinois Should Make Pumpkin The Official State Pie (And Decriminalize Marijuana)

The governor of Illinois obviously doesn't understand the many social and economic benefits of legalizing cannabis. "We got a budget crisis, we need more jobs, we need higher wages, we need more money for our schools. Let's focus on what matters," said Bruce Rauner, in response to a state legislature vote to decriminalize cannabis that would require his signature to become law.

Clearly, Rauner hasn't been paying attention to states like Colorado, where a $1-billion cannabis industry has created jobs and additional tax money that's recently been used to help students go to college and get homeless people off the streets.

But that's not actually the silliest thing Rauner said. Speaking about where cannabis sat on a priority list that included 500 bills, one of which would make pumpkin the official state pie, he said: "We get caught up in what our state pie is going to be, and how much marijuana is going to get sold."

Even as he belittled the importance of the decriminalization bill, he said he would likely sign it, as it incorporated many of his suggestions. Under this bill, a person could possess up to 10 grams - the original bill allowed for up to 15 grams. The fines for possessing more than the allowable limit would be upwards of $200.

"If that's true, then I'd probably be comfortable with it," Rauner said.

Perhaps he should kill two birds with one stone - pass the decriminalization bill and then make cannabis-infused pumpkin the official state pie.

h/t Chicago Tribune.


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