ILLINOIS: Waging war against drug prohibition

It was 25 years ago when James Gierach, a municipal attorney living in Palos Park, created political ripples by saying that marijuana should be decriminalized.

“It was a gathering of Cook County Democratic Party committeemen, and I was trying to get them to slate me for state’s attorney,” Gierach recalled Monday.

I asked what the reaction was at the time.

“Well, the TV cameras stopped rolling as I was speaking, and John Stroger, the Cook County Democratic Party chairman, started walking around the room chatting with the other committeemen,” Gierach said with a laugh.

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