State Representative Aarón M. Ortíz

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🚨 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨Please be advised that the flu shot event scheduled this afternoon has been cancelled. Please ...
10/29/2021

🚨 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

Please be advised that the flu shot event scheduled this afternoon has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for updates on the new rescheduled date. Please call 773-376-2700 if you have any questions.

🚨 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

Please be advised that the flu shot event scheduled this afternoon has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for updates on the new rescheduled date. Please call 773-376-2700 if you have any questions.

🚨 AVISO IMPORTANTE 🚨 El evento de vacunación contra la gripe esta tarde ha sido cancelado. Este atento a la nueva fecha ...
10/29/2021

🚨 AVISO IMPORTANTE 🚨

El evento de vacunación contra la gripe esta tarde ha sido cancelado. Este atento a la nueva fecha que reprogramaremos en unos días. Llámenos al 773-376-2700 si tiene alguna pregunta.

🚨 AVISO IMPORTANTE 🚨

El evento de vacunación contra la gripe esta tarde ha sido cancelado. Este atento a la nueva fecha que reprogramaremos en unos días. Llámenos al 773-376-2700 si tiene alguna pregunta.

Join us TODAY for our community event in conjunction with Secretary of State of Illinois.📅 Wednesday October 27th, 2021⏰...
10/27/2021

Join us TODAY for our community event in conjunction with Secretary of State of Illinois.

📅 Wednesday October 27th, 2021
⏰10:00am to 2:00pm
📍Archer Park Fieldhouse
4959 S. Kilbourne Ave.
Skip the lines and take advantage of DMV services in your neighborhood!

Click on the link below to see a list of documents that the Illinois Secretary of State accepts to fulfill the identification requirements. Must bring original copies as photocopies will not be accepted.

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/basicfees.html

* The REAL ID and TVDL will not be processed at this event.

Join us TODAY for our community event in conjunction with Secretary of State of Illinois.

📅 Wednesday October 27th, 2021
⏰10:00am to 2:00pm
📍Archer Park Fieldhouse
4959 S. Kilbourne Ave.
Skip the lines and take advantage of DMV services in your neighborhood!

Click on the link below to see a list of documents that the Illinois Secretary of State accepts to fulfill the identification requirements. Must bring original copies as photocopies will not be accepted.

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/basicfees.html

* The REAL ID and TVDL will not be processed at this event.

Acompañenos HOY para nuestro evento comunitario junto con la Secretaría del Estado de Illinois. 📅 27 de octubre de 2021 ...
10/27/2021

Acompañenos HOY para nuestro evento comunitario junto con la Secretaría del Estado de Illinois.

📅 27 de octubre de 2021
⏰ 10: 00am a 2:00pm
📍Archer Park Fieldhouse
4959 S. Kilbourne Ave.

¡Evite las filas y aproveche los servicios del DMV en su comunidad!

Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para ver una lista de documentos que la Secretaría de Estado de Illinois acepta para cumplir con los requisitos de identificación. Favor de traer copias originales ya que no se aceptarán fotocopias.

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/basicfees.html

* El REAL ID y TVDL no se procesarán en este evento.

Acompañenos HOY para nuestro evento comunitario junto con la Secretaría del Estado de Illinois.

📅 27 de octubre de 2021
⏰ 10: 00am a 2:00pm
📍Archer Park Fieldhouse
4959 S. Kilbourne Ave.

¡Evite las filas y aproveche los servicios del DMV en su comunidad!

Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para ver una lista de documentos que la Secretaría de Estado de Illinois acepta para cumplir con los requisitos de identificación. Favor de traer copias originales ya que no se aceptarán fotocopias.

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/basicfees.html

* El REAL ID y TVDL no se procesarán en este evento.

10/23/2021
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HAPPENING NOW: Listen in to a special transportation committee meeting with regards to windows and doors for homeowners in the Midway Airport area.
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AHORITA: Escuche una reunión especial del comité de transporte con respecto a ventanas y puertas para los propietarios de viviendas en el área del aeropuerto Midway.

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Acompáñenos la próxima semana para nuestro evento en la comunidad en conjunto con la Secretaria del Estado de Illinois. ...
10/18/2021

Acompáñenos la próxima semana para nuestro evento en la comunidad en conjunto con la Secretaria del Estado de Illinois.

Archer Park Fieldhouse, 4959 S. Kilbourne Ave
Miércoles 27 de Octubre, de 10am a 2pm.

Evite las filas y aproveche de servicios en su comunidad.
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Join us next week for our Mobile Illinois Secretary of State Unit

Archer Park Fieldhouse, 4959 S. Kilbourne Ave
Wednesday October 27, from 10am to 2pm.

Skip the lines and take advantage of DMV services in your neighborhood!

It’s not too late to attend our Open House Job Fair today from 10 to 12 or 4 to 6 in person at the State Capitol Buildin...
10/12/2021

It’s not too late to attend our Open House Job Fair today from 10 to 12 or 4 to 6 in person at the State Capitol Building in Springfield or online from 2 to 3 pm via Zoom!

Register here to attend our open house job fair in person: https://lnkd.in/e3VGakHn

Register here for the virtual job fair: https://lnkd.in/ex99US4Y

#job #opportunities

It’s not too late to attend our Open House Job Fair today from 10 to 12 or 4 to 6 in person at the State Capitol Building in Springfield or online from 2 to 3 pm via Zoom!

Register here to attend our open house job fair in person: https://lnkd.in/e3VGakHn

Register here for the virtual job fair: https://lnkd.in/ex99US4Y

#job #opportunities

🍎🍍🍊🥦 FREE Food Distribution TODAY 🗓 Thursday, October 7th, 2021⏰ 2:00 p.m. while supplies last 📍San Miguel Community Cen...
10/07/2021

🍎🍍🍊🥦 FREE Food Distribution TODAY

🗓 Thursday, October 7th, 2021
⏰ 2:00 p.m. while supplies last
📍San Miguel Community Center located at 1936 W. 48th Street.

😷 Remember to wear a face mask and keep your social distance.

In collaboration with Commissioner Alma Anaya, State Rep Theresa Mah, Greater Chicago Food Depository, San Miguel School Chicago, Back of the Yards Neighbors / Vecinos de Back of the Yards, and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

🍎🍍🍊🥦 FREE Food Distribution TODAY

🗓 Thursday, October 7th, 2021
⏰ 2:00 p.m. while supplies last
📍San Miguel Community Center located at 1936 W. 48th Street.

😷 Remember to wear a face mask and keep your social distance.

In collaboration with Commissioner Alma Anaya, State Rep Theresa Mah, Greater Chicago Food Depository, San Miguel School Chicago, Back of the Yards Neighbors / Vecinos de Back of the Yards, and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

🍎🍍🍊🥦Distribución de comida GRATUITA HOY🗓 Jueves 7 de octubre de 2021⏰ 2:00 p.m. hasta agotar existencias 📍 Centro Comuni...
10/07/2021

🍎🍍🍊🥦Distribución de comida GRATUITA HOY

🗓 Jueves 7 de octubre de 2021
⏰ 2:00 p.m. hasta agotar existencias
📍 Centro Comunitario San Miguel ubicado en 1936 W. 48th Street.

😷 Recuerde usar cubre bocas y mantener su distancia social.

En colaboración con el Greater Chicago Food Depository, la Comisionada Alma Anaya, la Representante Estatal Theresa Mah, Back of the Yards Neighbors, San Miguel School Chicago y la Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel.

🍎🍍🍊🥦Distribución de comida GRATUITA HOY

🗓 Jueves 7 de octubre de 2021
⏰ 2:00 p.m. hasta agotar existencias
📍 Centro Comunitario San Miguel ubicado en 1936 W. 48th Street.

😷 Recuerde usar cubre bocas y mantener su distancia social.

En colaboración con el Greater Chicago Food Depository, la Comisionada Alma Anaya, la Representante Estatal Theresa Mah, Back of the Yards Neighbors, San Miguel School Chicago y la Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel.

10/01/2021
#ISACCollegeMinute 9/28/21

Las solicitudes FAFSA se abren hoy, y si está planeando ir a la universidad el próximo año, o incluso está interesado en tomar clases, debe completarlo cada año.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame a nuestra oficina al 773-236-0117.
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FAFSA applications open today — and if you're planning on going to college next year, or even just interested in maybe taking classes, you need to fill it out every year.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 773-236-0117.

Happy to report my 100% score on The Illinois Environmental Council 2021 Environmental Scorecard!----¡Feliz de informar ...
09/29/2021

Happy to report my 100% score on The Illinois Environmental Council 2021 Environmental Scorecard!
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¡Feliz de informar mi puntaje de 100% en las calificaciones de cuestiones ambientales en el 2021 del Consejo Ambiental de Illinois!

Happy to report my 100% score on The Illinois Environmental Council 2021 Environmental Scorecard!
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¡Feliz de informar mi puntaje de 100% en las calificaciones de cuestiones ambientales en el 2021 del Consejo Ambiental de Illinois!

Mañana!---Tomorrow!
09/24/2021

Mañana!
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Tomorrow!

Ubicado en Pilsen, el Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano exhibe más de 9,000 piezas de arte mexicana de períodos que van de...
09/23/2021

Ubicado en Pilsen, el Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano exhibe más de 9,000 piezas de arte mexicana de períodos que van desde la antigua Mesoamérica hasta la actualidad.
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Located in Pilsen, the National Museum of Mexican Art is home to over 9,000 pieces of Mexican art from time periods ranging from ancient Mesoamerica through today.

Ubicado en Pilsen, el Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano exhibe más de 9,000 piezas de arte mexicana de períodos que van desde la antigua Mesoamérica hasta la actualidad.
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Located in Pilsen, the National Museum of Mexican Art is home to over 9,000 pieces of Mexican art from time periods ranging from ancient Mesoamerica through today.

Si usted es dueño de algún negocio y le gustaría aplicar a la beca de Back 2 Business, puede asistir hoy al Concilio Lat...
09/21/2021

Si usted es dueño de algún negocio y le gustaría aplicar a la beca de Back 2 Business, puede asistir hoy al Concilio Latinx de Gage Park de 4 a 7pm y le ayudarán a llenar la aplicación. Si gusta hacer una cita favor de llamar al (773) 362-3406
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If you are a business owner and would like to apply for the Back 2 Business grant, you can walk-in today 9/21 to the Gage Park Latinx Council from 4-7pm and they will help you fill out the application. If you would like to make an appointment please call (773) 362-3406

🏠 Solicitud de Apelación de Impuestos de la Propiedad (Servicio por Carro)📆 Sábado, 25 de Septiembre, de 9am a 11:30am📍 ...
09/21/2021

🏠 Solicitud de Apelación de Impuestos de la Propiedad (Servicio por Carro)

📆 Sábado, 25 de Septiembre, de 9am a 11:30am
📍 Our Lady of Snows, 4810 S. Leamington Ave

Los asistentes podrán llenar una aplicacion de apelación a los impuestos de su propiedad sin bajarse de su carro. El personal estará disponible para responder cualquier pregunta. Por favor traiga una copia de su 2da. factura de impuestos a la propiedad o su número de índice de propiedad (PIN).

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🏠 Drive-Thru Property Tax Appeal Application

📆 Saturday, September 25, 9am to 11:30am
📍 Our Lady of Snows, 4810 S. Leamington Ave

Attendees will be able to complete a property tax appeal application without getting out of their car. Staff will be available to answer any questions. Bring a copy of your second property tax bill or your property index number (PIN).

ORGULLO LATINOEn 1986, Jesús "Chuy'' García, se convirtió en el primer oficial electo de origen mexicano en representar ...
09/17/2021

ORGULLO LATINO
En 1986, Jesús "Chuy'' García, se convirtió en el primer oficial electo de origen mexicano en representar a la comunidad de La Villita como concejal. En 1993, se convirtió en el primer inmigrante mexicano en servir en la Asamblea General de Illinois. En 2018, se convirtió en el primer inmigrante mexicano en representar al estado de Illinois y al Medio Oeste en el Congreso de los EEUU, donde actualmente preside.
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In 1986, Jesus "Chuy'' García, became the first Mexican-born elected official to represent the Little Village community as Alderman. In 1993, he was elected Senator and became the first Mexican immigrant to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. In 2018, he became the first Mexican immigrant to be sworn into the U.S. Congress from Illinois and in the Midwest. He currently serves as the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 4th district.

Congressman Chuy García

ORGULLO LATINO
En 1986, Jesús "Chuy'' García, se convirtió en el primer oficial electo de origen mexicano en representar a la comunidad de La Villita como concejal. En 1993, se convirtió en el primer inmigrante mexicano en servir en la Asamblea General de Illinois. En 2018, se convirtió en el primer inmigrante mexicano en representar al estado de Illinois y al Medio Oeste en el Congreso de los EEUU, donde actualmente preside.
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In 1986, Jesus "Chuy'' García, became the first Mexican-born elected official to represent the Little Village community as Alderman. In 1993, he was elected Senator and became the first Mexican immigrant to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. In 2018, he became the first Mexican immigrant to be sworn into the U.S. Congress from Illinois and in the Midwest. He currently serves as the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 4th district.

Congressman Chuy García

Sept 15-Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! A time to celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to ...
09/15/2021

Sept 15-Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! A time to celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of our country.
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¡Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre es el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Un momento para celebrar las contribuciones y la influencia de los hispanoamericanos a la historia y la cultura de nuestro país.

Sept 15-Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! A time to celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of our country.
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¡Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre es el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Un momento para celebrar las contribuciones y la influencia de los hispanoamericanos a la historia y la cultura de nuestro país.

Have you applied for the Back2Business grant yet? The application is easy and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic...
09/14/2021

Have you applied for the Back2Business grant yet? The application is easy and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has published helpful videos that walk you through the process in English and Spanish.

All you need are a few simple documents. If you still need assistance, you can always contact our office at: 773-236-0117

Apply now and get #back2business! https://bit.ly/3CxeLBQ
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¿Ha solicitado ya la beca Back2Business? La solicitud es fácil y el Departamento de Comercio y Oportunidades Económicas de Illinois ha publicado videos útiles que lo guían a través del proceso en inglés y español.

Todo lo que necesita son unos pocos documentos. Si aún necesita ayuda, siempre puede comunicarse con nuestra oficina al: 773-236-0117

¡Aplique ahora! https://bit.ly/3CxeLBQ

Have you applied for the Back2Business grant yet? The application is easy and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has published helpful videos that walk you through the process in English and Spanish.

All you need are a few simple documents. If you still need assistance, you can always contact our office at: 773-236-0117

Apply now and get #back2business! https://bit.ly/3CxeLBQ
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¿Ha solicitado ya la beca Back2Business? La solicitud es fácil y el Departamento de Comercio y Oportunidades Económicas de Illinois ha publicado videos útiles que lo guían a través del proceso en inglés y español.

Todo lo que necesita son unos pocos documentos. Si aún necesita ayuda, siempre puede comunicarse con nuestra oficina al: 773-236-0117

¡Aplique ahora! https://bit.ly/3CxeLBQ

¿Necesita ir a la secretaria de estado? ¿Ocupa hacer un trámite de licencia o ID? No se le olvide programar una cita ant...
09/13/2021

¿Necesita ir a la secretaria de estado? ¿Ocupa hacer un trámite de licencia o ID? No se le olvide programar una cita antes de ir. Las citas se pueden hacer por internet en: cyberdriveillinois.com o llamando a nuestra oficina al (773) 236-0117.
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Taking a trip to the DMV? Don't forget to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Appointments can be made online at: cyberdriveillinois.com or by calling our office at (773) 236-0117..

¿Necesita ir a la secretaria de estado? ¿Ocupa hacer un trámite de licencia o ID? No se le olvide programar una cita antes de ir. Las citas se pueden hacer por internet en: cyberdriveillinois.com o llamando a nuestra oficina al (773) 236-0117.
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Taking a trip to the DMV? Don't forget to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Appointments can be made online at: cyberdriveillinois.com or by calling our office at (773) 236-0117..

Today and every day, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as well as their loved ones. On this 20 y...
09/11/2021

Today and every day, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as well as their loved ones. On this 20 year anniversary, we continue to mourn but also reflect on the countless ways that this tragic moment impacted us and many others around the world.
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Hoy y todos los días, honramos a quienes perdieron la vida el 11 de septiembre de 2001, así como a sus seres queridos. En este vigésimo aniversario, seguimos de luto, pero también reflexionando sobre las innumerables formas en que este trágico momento nos impactó a nosotros y a muchas otras vidas inocentes alrededor del mundo.

Today and every day, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as well as their loved ones. On this 20 year anniversary, we continue to mourn but also reflect on the countless ways that this tragic moment impacted us and many others around the world.
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Hoy y todos los días, honramos a quienes perdieron la vida el 11 de septiembre de 2001, así como a sus seres queridos. En este vigésimo aniversario, seguimos de luto, pero también reflexionando sobre las innumerables formas en que este trágico momento nos impactó a nosotros y a muchas otras vidas inocentes alrededor del mundo.

Photos from Jaime Andrade, State Representative, 40th District's post
09/09/2021

Photos from Jaime Andrade, State Representative, 40th District's post

Happy Labor Day! Today, we celebrate our hard work and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in organized la...
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day! Today, we celebrate our hard work and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in organized labor who have always fought for the betterment of our families. Thankful to be in a position where I can support the great work of our partners fighting for workers' rights.
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¡Feliz Día del Trabajo! Hoy celebramos nuestro arduo trabajo y nos solidarizamos con nuestros hermanos y hermanas que siempre han luchado por el mejoramiento de nuestras familias. Agradecido de estar en una posición en la que puedo apoyar el gran trabajo de nuestros aliados comunitarios que luchan por los derechos de los trabajadores.

Happy Labor Day! Today, we celebrate our hard work and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in organized labor who have always fought for the betterment of our families. Thankful to be in a position where I can support the great work of our partners fighting for workers' rights.
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¡Feliz Día del Trabajo! Hoy celebramos nuestro arduo trabajo y nos solidarizamos con nuestros hermanos y hermanas que siempre han luchado por el mejoramiento de nuestras familias. Agradecido de estar en una posición en la que puedo apoyar el gran trabajo de nuestros aliados comunitarios que luchan por los derechos de los trabajadores.

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Senate Bill 172 ~~ What part of Illegal don't you understand? They have broken US Law by being in the USA,
Why We Should Not Legalize Ma*****na Published 12:12 PM ET Mon, 19 April 2010 Updated 1:37 PM ET Wed, 20 April 2011 Contrary to the beliefs of those who advocate the legalization of ma*****na, the current balanced, restrictive, and bipartisan drug policies of the United States are working reasonably well and they have contributed to reductions in the rate of ma*****na use in our nation. The rate of current, past 30-day use of ma*****na by Americans aged 12 and older in 1979 was 13.2 percent. In 2008 that figure stood at 6.1 percent. This 54-percent reduction in ma*****na use over that 29-year period is a major public health triumph, not a failure. Ma*****na is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the U.S. and around the world. Those who support its legalization, for medical or for general use, fail to recognize that the greatest costs of ma*****na are not related to its prohibition; they are the costs resulting from ma*****na use itself. There is a common misconception that the principle costs of ma*****na use are those related to the criminal justice system. This is a false premise. Caulkins & Sevigny (2005) found that the percentage of people in prison for ma*****na use is less than one half of one percent (0.1-0.2 percent). An encounter with the criminal justice system through apprehension for a drug-related crime frequently can benefit the offender because the criminal justice system is often a path to treatment. More than a third, 37 percent, of treatment admissions reported in the Treatment Episode Data Set, TEDS, collected from state-funded programs were referred through the criminal justice system. Ma*****na was an identified drug of abuse for 57 percent of the individuals referred to treatment from the criminal justice system. The future of drug policy is not a choice between using the criminal justice system or treatment. The more appropriate goal is to get these two systems to work together more effectively to improve both public safety and public health. In the discussion of legalizing ma*****na, a useful analogy can be made to gambling. MacCoun & Reuter (2001) conclude that making the government a beneficiary of legal gambling has encouraged the government to promote gambling, overlooking it as a problem behavior. They point out that “the moral debasement of state government is a phenomenon that only a few academics and preachers bemoan.” Legalized gambling has not reduced illegal gambling in the United States; rather, it has increased it. This is particularly evident in sports gambling, most of which is illegal. Legal gambling is taxed and regulated and illegal gambling is not. Legal gambling sets the stage for illegal gambling just the way legal ma*****na would set the stage for illegal ma*****na trafficking. The gambling precedent suggests strongly that illegal drug suppliers would thrive by selling more potent ma*****na products outside of the legal channels that would be taxed and otherwise restricted. If ma*****na were legalized, the only way to eliminate its illegal trade, which is modest in comparison to that of co***ne, would be to sell ma*****na untaxed and unregulated to any willing buyer. Ma*****na is currently the leading cause of substance dependence other than alcohol in the U.S. In 2008, ma*****na use accounted for 4.2 million of the 7 million people aged 12 or older classified with dependence on or abuse of an illicit drug. This means that about two thirds of Americans suffering from any substance use disorder are suffering from ma*****na abuse or ma*****na dependence. If the U.S. were to legalize ma*****na, the number of ma*****na users would increase. Today there are 15.2 million current ma*****na users in comparison to 129 million alcohol users and 70.9 million to***co users. Though the number of ma*****na users might not quickly climb to the current numbers for alcohol and to***co, if ma*****na was legalized, the increase in users would be both large and rapid with subsequent increases in addiction. Important lessons can be learned from those two widely-used legal drugs. While both alcohol and to***co are taxed and regulated, the tax benefits to the public are vastly overshadowed by the adverse consequences of their use. Alcohol-related costs total over $185 billion while federal and states collected an estimated $14.5 billion in tax revenue; similarly, to***co use costs over $200 billion but only $25 billion is collected in taxes. These figures show that the costs of legal alcohol are more than 12 times the total tax revenue collected, and that the costs of legal to***co are about 8 times the tax revenue collected. This is an economically disastrous tradeoff. The costs of legalizing ma*****na would not only be financial. New ma*****na users would not be limited to adults if ma*****na were legalized, just as regulations on alcohol and to***co do not prevent use by youth. Rapidly accumulating new research shows that ma*****na use is associated with increases in a range of serious mental and physical problems. Lack of public understanding on this relationship is undermining prevention efforts and adversely affecting the nation’s youth and their families. Drug-impaired driving will also increase if ma*****na is legalized. Ma*****na is already a significant causal factor in highway crashes, injuries and deaths. In a recent national roadside survey of weekend nighttime drivers, 8.6 percent tested positive for ma*****na or its metabolites, nearly four times the percentage of drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dL (2.2 percent). In another study of seriously injured drivers admitted to a Level-1 shock trauma center, more than a quarter of all drivers (26.9 percent) tested positive for ma*****na. In a study of fatally injured drivers in Washington State, 12.7 percent tested positive for ma*****na. These studies demonstrate the high prevalence of drugged driving as a result of ma*****na use. Many people who want to legalize ma*****na are passionate about their perception of the alleged failures of policies aimed at reducing ma*****na use but those legalization proponents seldom—if ever—describe their own plan for taxing and regulating ma*****na as a legal drug. There is a reason for this imbalance; they cannot come up with a credible plan for legalization that could deliver on their exaggerated claims for this new policy. Future drug policies must be smarter and more effective in curbing the demand for illegal drugs including ma*****na. Smarter-drug prevention policies should start by reducing illegal drug use among the 5 million criminal offenders who are on parole and probation in the U.S. They are among the nation’s heaviest and most problem-generating illegal drug users. Monitoring programs that are linked to swift and certain, but not severe, consequences for any drug use have demonstrated outstanding results including lower recidivism and lower rates of incarceration. New policies to curb drugged driving will not only make our roads and highways safer and provide an important new path to treatment, but they will also reduce illegal drug use. Reducing ma*****na use is essential to improving the nation’s health, education, and productivity. New policies can greatly improve current performance of prevention strategies which, far from failing, has protected millions of people from the many adverse effects of ma*****na use. Since legalization of ma*****na for medical or general use would increase ma*****na use rather than reduce it and would lead to increased rates of addiction to ma*****na among youth and adults, legalizing ma*****na is not a smart public health or public safety strategy for any state or for our nation. Citations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (1999). 1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. (Office of Applied Studies). Rockville, MD. Retrieved March 31, 2010 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2009). Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings. Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-36, HHS Publication No. SMA 09-4434. Rockville, MD. Caulkins, J.P., & Sevigny, E.L. (2009). How many people does the U.S. imprison for drug use, and who are they? Contemporary Drug Problems, 32(3): 405-428. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2009). Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). 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