ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Illinois State lawmakers this week are debating Senate Bill 7, legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. One of the objections to the plan has been concerns that legalization would make it easier for young people to get their hands on pot.
Coincidentally, schools across the country are participating in National Prevention Week to persuade students not to use drugs like marijuana over the summer.
“So this is kind of like the last hurrah before kids go out into the summer to say, ‘Hey, you`ve been learning this all school year,'” said Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Faith Hardacre. ” We really want to try to encourage you to stay substance-free during the summer,” she said.