…owners profiting in Illinois from the sale of recreational marijuana? And why would they want their identities kept secret?
The Chicago Tribune article titled, Illinois marijuana pot ownership secrecy law, reported that for some reason when the law was passed, the owners’ identities are kept secret.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to wonder why the law was written to keep secret the information, and if perhaps the reason is the same except converse ancient proverbial explanation?
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell. (Proverb 11:26)
Excerpts – Gils Bible Commentary the
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse his, People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it; at a moderate price, so that the poor may be able to come at it; such will have their blessing; they will wish all happiness to them and their families, here and hereafter.
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
What’s My Point?
The core reasoning of this ancient proverb is any person who profits on the misery of another community member is cursed by the community rather than be blessed in the eyes of the community and God.
Since it is a medical proven fact that it is possible that 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 6 underage recreational marijuana users will become addicted, perhaps the owners do not want their identity known to prevent their community members from cursing them?
Or perhaps, the politicians who conspired the law are concerned the owners might have been large donators to their political funds?
My point is I was not surprised when I read the article because of Illinois smelly’ bad reputation of being one of the most corrupt states in the Union.
In My Opinion
There a presently a large number of investors who do not want their investment funds used to profit on various enterprises they do not personally approve for conscientious reasons or reputations
For example, they will not invest in a cigarette enterprise because they believe it harms buyers because there is also a medical proven link to cause cancer. Or perhaps for environmental reasons etc.
Or perhaps the explanation is similar to an idiom.
“Where there is smoke, there is fire.”
Which begs the next question. Why would anyone want to be identified as an owner of an enterprise that sells a product that significant medical risk factor to cause users to become drug addicts especially if they live in the same communities?
Or is the reason anything to do with their concern for their personal reputations?
Read the articles in the Source Links below. Consider a previous post about a Chicago Tribune columnist who gave her opinion why she voted no in 2018 to the political referendum that preceded the 2020 law in Illinois to allow recreational marijuana to be sold. Then read a post to compare what the referendum asked how the taxes were to be used and compare to how they were allocated when the law was passed.
If you could invest your funds to profit on the sale of recreational marijuana, would you?
If not, why not?
If you read the comparisons how the tax funds are used compared to the referendum question, is it any wonder in your mind why many politicians’ ‘stinky’ reputations are not highly regarded or trusted by many voters in Illinois?
Do you wonder why so many voters want ‘term limits’ meaning a ‘political end of their terms in office’ for politicians when related to the above Ecclesiastes will result in “better days” for voters in Illinois?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Source Links Below
USA CDC, Center of Disease Control on 1 in 10 or 1 in 6
Free Dictionary meaning of idiom
Bible Hub – Gills Bible Commentary Excerptshttps://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/proverbs/11.htm
Kudos Dahleen Glanton