"But I never saw one on harder drugs who didn't start on marijuana," Righter added.
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"The most important issue we face right now is the fiscal stability of our state," said Righter, a legislator since 1998. "We need to protect our critical state services and the citizens of Illinois who rely on them. This budget is balanced."
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