For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Libertarian candidate for IL Comptroller, Claire Ball and I have filed a lawsuit in federal court against IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the State Board of Elections. We are seeking to strike down part of the Medical Marijuana law that denies residents of IL their right of free speech.
As the law currently stands, cultivation centers and dispensaries are prohibited from donating to political campaigns, candidates, or PACs. We are seeking to strike down this unconstitutional part of the law and return the right of free speech to Illinois citizens.
The Attorney General was given until December 10, 2015 to respond to the lawsuit. After requesting an extension of the original deadline due to scheduling conflicts, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has reviewed the case and has denied all allegations that the ban is unconstitutional. The case, filed by The Pillar of Law Institute and The Liberty Justice Center, will come before U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee with a hearing set for January 20th.
I am disappointed, but not discouraged, to read Madigan’s statement. These are legitimate, legal businesses that are being excluded from the political process that everyone else participates in; including tobacco, alcohol, and other pharmaceutical companies. This is nothing but discrimination and a gross violation of Illinoisans right to free speech. Our state lawmakers have decided that they get to pick and choose, on a whim, which Illinois residents can be denied their rights. With this response, Lisa Madigan and the State of Illinois have shown their disdain for your rights and equality. This is a huge blow to liberty-minded people everywhere and is in stark contrast with the principles that founded this great country.
This is the first of many steps towards loosening the restrictions on a legitimate medicine and helping people get the treatment they need. Claire Ball and I hope the lawsuit is ruled in our favor quickly, and that we can lead the charge in bringing about more modern thinking about marijuana and eventual legalization. It’s ridiculous that we still have these barbaric laws across the country that throw people in cages because a bunch of career politicians in Springfield disapprove of their gardens. It’s past time that we start getting the government out of our gardens and out of our lives.