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Highland, IL

Marijuana - Highland, IL

The best way to do that is to legalize it. By legalizing it you are putting the product into the hands of people that must apply for licenses from the state to sell it. It would be regulated and age controlled that way (just like alcohol and tobacco). Your normal run of the mill pot dealer on the other hand has no problem selling it to teen agers. Prohibition is the problem. Prohibition makes the drug readily available to kids. Prohibition funds the mexican drug cartels. Prohibition made a plant illegal. It's a weed, it grows everywhere. People have been using it for 5,000 years. It's only been illegal since the thirties (federally). This all has to end. If you support this then let your congressman know. Bring it up when these politicians come knocking on your doors for you votes in two weeks. Throw it in their face. It's time for a sensible approach to dealing with marijuana on a local and national level. Then we can keep it out of the hands of teenagers.  (Oct 16, 2010 | post #63)

Highland, IL

New Mexican Restaurant

Thanks wiki, I was actually staring at my screen in disbelief over what amy and a few others were saying. But to comment on the original posters comments about Don Ole's not excepting coupons from Fiesta Brava. It's a new restaurant opened by the same owner. He doesn't have to honor anything attributed to the old place. But, and this is a huge but, if he wanted to spread the good news about his new venture it probably would have been a great marketing idea. That's it though. It's his prerogative on what to do with those coupons. Now it's time to get me some nachos.  (Oct 14, 2010 | post #39)

Highland, IL

New Mexican Restaurant

Hate to piss on your parade amy, but all the employees at Don Ole and Fiesta Brava, are actually documented aliens with work visas. They have to wait for their citizenship processes to be finalized and approved. But they are hear legally, pay taxes, and actually contribute to this community. So you can now take off your white hood and stash it with your burnt up crosses. It's ok, no dirty mexicans are stealing from you in highland.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #31)

Highland, IL

Marijuana - Highland, IL

I believe what conscientious objectivity is try to point out that on top of a vast industrial prison complex, we the tax payers are also shelling out for an industrial military complex that we don't need anymore. We have the worlds largest navy. For what? I believe in the supremacy of the United Sates Military, but the numbers that we have are staggering and wasteful. We as a country are so far in debt it's scary. And it's about time we hold the spenders accountable. We don't need to add to the problem a nation of "criminals " who are deemed unfit because they smoke a plant. The enforcement of marijuana prohibition does nothing but literally create a class of criminal out of non-violent, non-felon, non-anything citizens. It's wasteful and useless. Much like over spending on our military.  (Oct 12, 2010 | post #60)

Highland, IL

Gun Control - Highland, IL

The second the government takes away our right to bear arms, is the second I start bearing them all the time.  (Sep 28, 2010 | post #1)

Highland, IL

helicopters flyin in highland sept 27 2010

No news on an airlifted burn victim. The helicopters could of been State Police Drug Interdicition patrols looking for marijuana crops.  (Sep 28, 2010 | post #6)

Highland, IL

Tea Party Troll

I think what he means is, someone who starts an argument off the topic of the original thread. There was someone discussing obama-care and other political nonsense in the marijuana debate form. It was off topic. So wiki threw up this thread. As of yet the troll has yet to come out of hiding.  (Sep 28, 2010 | post #10)

Highland, IL

Tea Party Troll

Too true. One of the things that I love about Ralph Nader and Ron Paul is that they both fought to have third party candidates receive the same amount of airtime during debates as the other two major political parities' candidates. Unless we as a country are able to wrap around our heads, the idea that you don't need just two political parties in this country, then we will always be stuck into thinking that we need to vote for the candidate that is the lessor of two evils. Basically what happened in 2000 and 2004. I get tired of the back and forth you see all the time on the networks..."r epublicans do this" or "democrats do that". It's almost as bad as a junior high girls' locker room. When you look at how our government is running now in comparison on the thoughts of our founding fathers and their idea of how this government should be run, it's very sad. What we have been reduced to is almost a totalitarianist state, but instead of one form of a political party we get two. Kind of like a demented version of a ying yang. I'm glad to see a lot more third party/independent candidates running this year. I can only hope they don't get sucked into the normal "business as usual" thinking that is destroying our country. I just think it's getting close to the point where the chickens are coming home to roost. Hopefully what we'll see emerge from this mess is a way of thinking about our government that isn't so one-dimensional. We have complex problems in this country. Problems that deserve well thought out almost complex solutions. Hopefully our future leaders will learn to actually read bills before they throw their support behind them. Then maybe we all can get some sleep. On a last word type of thought. A question was posed as to what programs should be cut and why. Look at the departments. ie. Department of Homeland Security for example. Before the war on terrorism started. Our government was spending over 700 million dollars a year just on the intelligence services. The Department of Homeland Security was founded to streamline the intelligence gathering and save us money, while providing the country with a more efficient way of dealing with the threats of terrorism. Instead it is a monster of a bureaucracy that isn't even fully functional yet (after 9 years) and costs the people about 1.8 billion dollars a year. Cut that one. Yeah, a lot of people will be out of a job, but since 90% of it's employees came directly from the justice department, I'm sure they won't have any trouble finding a job as either a cop or district attorney. After that look at the other departments and try to figure out which ones we don't need the FEDERAL government involved in anyways. Dept of Energy, Dept of Education, Dept of Natural resources. All of these could be handled by the state or even local municipalities. Big government was never the intention. And it sure as hell should never be a solution. P.S. Sorry for the ramblings. I just got done watching Fox News and I think I hate both parties equally now.  (Sep 26, 2010 | post #8)

Highland, IL

Tea Party Troll

Then what going to happen on Nov 3rd? Absolutely nothing. What this country needs (and probably never receive) are politicians that flatly state on their campaign trails, what they intend to do, and if and when they are elected actually do it in Washington (or Springfield). What this last election showed us is that the country was galvanized against the Bush administration for it's wasteful spending, financial bailouts of banking institutions, and tax cuts for the wealthy. What the next round of elections will show us, is that the country (majority anyway) fell into a trap into thinking a junior senator from Illinois would be the golden child of politics and save us all. When in reality he got sucked into the big government machine, most likely told don't rock the boat or you'll never be re-elected. Listened to some off the wall advice on health care and proceeded to piss off the majority of the nation. As far as cuts in government spending, there is a flood, and has been for some decades, and thinking that electing people from a particular political party will rectify all the bad decisions that were made from the Carter administration on, should be considered a fools folly. Wiki is right. If you cut one program you will undoubtedly hurt a lot of people in the process. So you look at the programs, see how that will benefit the nation as a whole, who will be affected negatively by it, and make a damn decision. The fact that our government is controlled by lobbyists and special interest groups is what concerns me. We have politicians who are elected by the people in their respective districts, who's voices they are SUPPOSE TO LISTEN TO. What happens next is these same politicians have their sleeves tugged on by all the lobbyists and special interest groups, back room meetings ensue and what you get as a result is a nation with so much debt it would probably make Washington and Jefferson rise from the grave one day and slap the shit out of everyone in Congress. We all know that there is a scratch my back, I'll scratch yours, mentality in Washington that needs to end. We need politicians that will actually do what they say they are going to do when they get to Washington. Ron Paul was my favorite candidate to watch during the last campaign. I was (and still am) a huge supporter of him just for that fact that as much as possible he has listened to the voters in his district and acted on those voices. Which is why they probably call him "Dr. NO" in Congress. If we can find some younger blood with the same convictions as Dr. Paul, I think we actually might have a fighting chance. But choosing constantly from the same pool of politicians as we have been since the 70's is doing nothing for us. In fact it's probably two steps short of being called inbreeding. Pretty soon that gene pool is going to dry up and all we are going to be left with are people like Glenn Beck on side and the ladies from the View on the other. This country has a lot of crises to pay attention to. Pretty soon it's going to have a stupidity crisis. And then we are all pretty much going to be screwed. That's probably when I'll just pack my crap and move to Belgium. They seem to be doing pretty good over there.  (Sep 25, 2010 | post #5)

Highland, IL

koran burning

Here are some bible verses that might be construed as hate speech. "When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations . . . then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy." Deuteronomy 7:1-2 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." Psalm 137:9 "Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it." Malachi 2:3 "For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him." Leviticus 20:9 "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear." Deuteronomy 21:18-21 And this one is for the original poster since it basically tells believers of the christian god to do what he says the koran tells muslims to do. "Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place." Deuteronomy 12:2-3  (Sep 10, 2010 | post #8)

Highland, IL

koran burning

How about we get rid of religion altogether. When you backwards people stop fighting over which one of your imaginary friends can beat up the other one, then maybe you (christians, muslims, jews,) can leave us all alone with your hateful rhetoric. And by the way islam is the devil guy, there are more refrences to killing in the name of "god" in your holy book than there are in the koran.  (Sep 10, 2010 | post #4)

Highland, IL

Marijuana - Highland, IL

I'm responding to his "Just because something makes you feel good does not make it good for you.(ever heard of the cancer causing properties of carcinogens? I am quite sure and so is your doctor that those effects far outweigh the 2 hours of feeling good)" statement. There has been no credible evidence that Smoking marijuana leads to cancer. It's just not there. He's saying the health risks are just far too great, and that outweighs any benefit of it. The only health risk is an increased chance of developing bronchitis. That's it. And a study from the Canadian health department actually broke it down like this (as far as "health costs" of marijuana usage):In terms of costs per user: tobacco-related health costs are over $800 per user, alcohol-related health costs are much lower at $165 per user, and cannabis-related health costs are the lowest at $20 per user. On the enforcement side, costs for cannabis are the highest at $328 per user—94% of social costs for cannabis are linked to enforcement. Enforcement costs per user for alcohol are about half those for cannabis ($153), while enforcement costs for tobacco are very low. The cost is in the enforcement. Just legalize it. Get the word out, and call your representatives. It's time for the madness of prohibition to end.  (Sep 2, 2010 | post #34)

Highland, IL

Marijuana - Highland, IL

(1998 - marijuana) The most obvious concern when dealing with drug safety is the possibility of lethal effects. Can the drug cause death? Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality. This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world. Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. By contrast aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana's LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death. At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity." Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition" (Docket #86-22), September 6, 1988, p. 56-57. There, right there is your well crafted response, taken from the D.E.A., themselves. Now, maryjane. I would love to hear your "expert" opinion  (Sep 1, 2010 | post #32)

Highland, IL

Marijuana - Highland, IL

What the hell does this have to do with anything. It has nothing to do with Obama, democrats, Palin, Republicans, or anything like that. It has to do with INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES, not a government that thinks it's the morality judge for everyone involved. And I hate to disappoint you "Mary Jane", but I have a fantastic job as a Structural Engineer. That I obtained from a wonderful university and graduated with a Masters degree in Engineering Sciences. I pay my taxes diligently and I also contribute and donate to worthy causes in my community. But I'm sure to you, since I smoke cannabis, it's dirty money. I have never held my hand out, I have always provided for myself and my family for whatever was needed or wanted. I have never been on food stamps, welfare, or un-employment, and have voted in every major and minor election since I was 18. But according to you, I'm a loser. Maybe you should educate yourself on the topic instead of spouting off Glenn Beck-like rhetoric on the "evils of marijuana". Maybe you should read some literature on the FACTS. Not some Orwellian diatribe written by closeted neo-con religious zealots. It has nothing to do with politics, who's in the oval office, or who controls congress. IT HAS TO DO WITH MONEY. Read up on how much the pharmaceutical companies make off of medications like zoloft, ambien, prozac, oxycontin or -codone, or any of the other of thousands of pain and mood altering drugs. Then replace all of those medications that result in adverse side-effects ranging from heart palpitations, death, and anal leakage, and in it's place give people a plant. A plant they can grow themselves, harvest themselves, dry out by hanging upside down, whose only side effects include drowsiness and increased appetite. A plant that gives people relief from the pains of chemo and radiation therapy. A plant that has over 400 uses, two of which are medicinal and recreational. Read up on that and then get back to me.  (Aug 28, 2010 | post #22)

Highland, IL

Marijuana - Highland, IL

I live in Highland...it's right there under my name. Dude, you need to learn how to string together a sentence.  (Aug 28, 2010 | post #19)

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