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[Illinois] Pritzker wants to legalize recreational marijuana 'nearly right away' in Illinois

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Great...just what this state needs: stoned drivers. Drunk ones are bad enough.
 

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Great...just what this state needs: stoned drivers. Drunk ones are bad enough.

I don't know much about Illinois, but you think Chicago could get much worse?

In theory, this will help crime in a couple ways, as it decriminalizes, freeing up those police\court resources currently wasted on marijuana, generates new tax revenue, AND provides a new industry boom, and provide work for some people who might otherwise turn to crime. In fact ex-criminals would have a leg up at first, being that all production\distribution is presently illegal.

And yes, if it's anything like CA, you'll be lucky to go a day without smelling it out in public.
 

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Well I think it's the right thing to do - quit criminalizing personal moralistic behaviour.

Check out the results of Portugal's decriminalizing of all drugs in 2001, then compare it with the damages and ravages of the U.S. prosecution of the War on Drugs, which really is the government's war upon its citizens.
 

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I don't know much about Illinois, but you think Chicago could get much worse?

In theory, this will help crime in a couple ways, as it decriminalizes, freeing up those police\court resources currently wasted on marijuana, generates new tax revenue, AND provides a new industry boom, and provide work for some people who might otherwise turn to crime. In fact ex-criminals would have a leg up at first, being that all production\distribution is presently illegal.

And yes, if it's anything like CA, you'll be lucky to go a day without smelling it out in public.
I'm all for the decriminalization, but I definitely don't want public consumption due to it being airborne. I must admit that is going to be problematic. I have and demand every right to freely breath drug-free, whilst in my public spaces.
 

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Great...just what this state needs: stoned drivers. Drunk ones are bad enough.
Meh. The criminal act is the driving, not the drinking. Don't infringe upon the rights of the lawful drinker or toker, because of the scant minority that commits a criminal act.
 

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[/B]I'm all for the decriminalization, but I definitely don't want public consumption due to it being airborne. I must admit that is going to be problematic. I have and demand every right to freely breath drug-free, whilst in my public spaces.

I think we agree in general on this, but enforcing that sort of rule has the same problems as enforcing the drug laws to start with. It's not worth the resources it would demand, and it is impossible to actually control.

I suppose we could create an incentive by having reduced taxation for non-smelly marijuana options like edibles and vaping, but that's only going to nibble around the edges.
 

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Meh. The criminal act is the driving, not the drinking. Don't take away the rights of the legal drinker or toker, because of the scant minority that commits a criminal act.

Yeah, I hate the way we seem to think we need a new law for every possible distraction on the road. If driving erratically is against the rules, then WHY you're driving erratically is less important than getting them off the road.

But living in California has been eye-opening on that score, too. Things that would get your license pulled back home earn an eye roll out here.
 

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I think we agree in general on this, but enforcing that sort of rule has the same problems as enforcing the drug laws to start with. It's not worth the resources it would demand, and it is impossible to actually control.

I suppose we could create an incentive by having reduced taxation for non-smelly marijuana options like edibles and vaping, but that's only going to nibble around the edges.
Well - public drinking is illegal (where I live), and reasonably well enforced. No reason not to do the same with pot.

I really, really, don't want to breathe-in anyone's drugs while I'm in a public space. I'm dead adamant about it, to be honest!
 

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Well - public drinking is illegal (where I live), and reasonably well enforced. No reason not to do the same with pot.

I really, really, don't want to breathe-in anyone's drugs while I'm in a public space. I'm dead adamant about it, to be honest!

I'm not opposed. It just won't work everywhere. I work across the street from LAX near a bunch of hotels and it's in the air every day here and on the drive home, but then we're only going 35 mph most of the time (if we're lucky.)

California seems to actively promote scofflaws, and they always point at funding as their excuse, but the tax levels and population are huge, so they could absolutely afford to do a good job of it, they just have other priorities (don't get me started.)
 

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To be way hay, tow them away.........from Wilmont to Gary........ One of my favorite tunes :thumbs:




EDIT: I read where Joliet is closed, just doesn’t post the same.....
"Wilmette" to Gary. ;)

Wilmot is skiing in WI ...
 

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I'm not opposed. It just won't work everywhere. I work across the street from LAX near a bunch of hotels and it's in the air every day here and on the drive home, but then we're only going 35 mph most of the time (if we're lucky.)

California seems to actively promote scofflaws, and they always point at funding as their excuse, but the tax levels and population are huge, so they could absolutely afford to do a good job of it, they just have other priorities (don't get me started.)
Despite my sometimes relatively liberal political views, I lead a pretty conservative personal life. I don't drink or do drugs. I'm already getting teed-off when I'm occasionally breathing-in pot smoke when I'm in the city, and if it gets worse I'm really going to be teed. I see no reason not to treat this like public drinking. Hell, I'd make a complaint if it keeps my public-space air drug-free. I don't think what I'm asking for is unreasonable.
 

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"Wilmette" to Gary. ;)

Wilmot is skiing in WI ...

Thanks, I was using sound.........many moons back “Eight Days a Week” was “A Jay the We Jay.” :3oops:
 

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Thanks, I was using sound.........many moons back “Eight Days a Week” was “A Jay the We Jay.” :3oops:
It took me quite a few years to finally get, "burning out his fuse up here alone", from Elton John's "Rocket Man".
 

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Great...just what this state needs: stoned drivers. Drunk ones are bad enough.

Pot doesn't kill people on the freeways. The stoned drivers do.

Just like guns don't kill people. Bad people with guns do.

Can you see the correlation?

Would you outlaw guns just because some people hurt other people with them?
 
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