Marijuana Legalization?

Marijuana Legalization?

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Edwardsville, IL

#1 Apr 8, 2013
How do the people o' Highland feel about this? The whole movement in this country is making it seem as if it's inevitable, any thoughts Highland?
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Saint Louis, MO

#2 Apr 11, 2013
It doesn't matter what highland thinks. HB 30 expired in January and has already been reintroduced for voting by Lou Lang. The way the bill stands now would make Illinois the strictest state with medical laws for a 3 year trial period. General pain would not be acceptable as a "debilitating condition." The list for qualifying conditions isnt very long. Also, the clause that would allow those who qualified to grow up to six plants has been removed. This would mean that medicine would only be available at dispensaries. Also in the bill, the number of dispensaries would be limited to one per senate district up to 59 I believe. Highland would not be the ideal location for this due to location and size. Collinsville would most likely be the location for this district as it is centrally located as has a larger population and more commuters than most places in the metro east. With that being said, you're probably thinking, "It would be awesome and profitable to open the dispensary first." Illinois lawmakers fore saw this and attached a 5,000 application fee along with a 20,000 fee upon approval. This will help keep every stoner who thinks cultivation and distribution is as simple as it was in high school from trying to operate a dispensary. One of the things that held the bill up at the end of 2012 was a lobby group in Chicago trying to monopolize all 59 districts in order to make regulation and monitoring easier for the state. So if it does happen to pass you can expect politics, lobbyists, and corporations to control it as well as everything else in Illinois. As far as full legalization, keep dreaming. That would fuck up the market, and make room in prisons which isnt profitable for the state. Also, Chicago recently stopped arresting people with small amounts of marijuana because it took to much time and resources. They now issue fines instead, like a speeding ticket. And lastly, Highland would most likely be against the idea because Rush Limbaugh told them whats best for America. Good things the decision is left to our lawmakers and not the general population.

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