Marijuana Dispensaries may soon compete with Cook County Nature and Forest Preserve Marijuana Fields !

What would prevent teen age medical marijuana users from giving what they don't need of their 14-day allotments to their buddies?


Past marijuana articles focused on the Cook County Nature and Forest Preserve District, with special attention given to the Crabtree Forest Preserve just over the border of Lake County in Cook County, IL, in the upscale community of  Barrington Hills.   A resolution still awaits as to how more than 38,000 plants worth up to $30 million were discovered growing in 11 separate fields just yards from busy roads and yards from the Barrington Hills Police Station.  

What has not been discussed so far is the legalization of marijuana for medical use here in Illinois, which would give high school students even more access to "weed" than they already have at their beck and call, this at a time when heavy teen marijuana use is rapidly rising across this nation. Legalization would spell real trouble here in Lake County and throughout the state of Illinois.

According to Steve Pasierb, President / CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org:  "Kids who begin using drugs or alcohol as teenagers are more likely to struggle with substance disorders when compared to those who start using after their teenage years."   A subsequent article will discuss the harm marijuana inflicts on the adolescent brain, which is not yet fully developed.  http://www.drugfree.org/newsroom/pats-2011   

Illinois is very close to legalizing medical marijuana.   In November Massachusetts joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting medical marijuana use, while Colorado and Washington ventured even further, legalizing the psychoactive herb for recreation. 

On the docket in the Illinois General Assembly for Wednesday, November 28, after having been defeated twice before, was to be a vote on HB 30, legalizing marijuana use for medical purposes, once again sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. 

Illinois and our children have been saved momentarily. Lou Lang failed to call a vote on November 28 because he lacked the 60 votes needed for approval.  Lou Lang, however, is determined and will not drop the issue, but will keep trying even if HB 30 fails the third time during what remains of the Lame Duck veto sessions, bringing the bill up for a vote again in 2013.  http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/28/us/28reuters-usa-marijuana-illinois.htm?ref-marijuana

Even if HB 30 is finally is approved and enacted here in Illinois, Illinois would still have to establish its own production and distribution scheme for a substance that the federal government continues to prohibit as a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin.  HB 30 would be in conflict with federal and Illinois zero tolerance drug laws.  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-03/news/ct-met-medical-marijuana-20121203_1_medical-marijuana-lou-lang-reform-of-marijuana-laws 

It was somewhat of a surprise to learn that according to a Quinnipiac Poll released on December 5, a majority of American voters think that marijuana should be legal - 51% to 44%.  The biggest divide is on partisan and generational lines.  58% of Democrats and Independents support legalization, while only 31% of Republicans do.  Age wise, voters under the age of 30 support legalization by a greater than two-to-one margin.   Senior citizens are the only age group where a majority want marijuana to remain illegal.  http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2012/12/05/quinnipiac-poll-majority-of-american-voters-support-marijuana-legalization/

Senior citizens are not the product of a culture induced by the media and otherwise that makes it appealing and chic to do what their parents would have frowned upon and rejected when young.

What exactly is the nature of the HB 30, if passed, which would legalize medical marijuana here in Illinois? 

If you are now in favor of legalizing marijuana in Illinois, hopefully your will change your mind after reading the information below. You might even be motivated to call your representative and urge him/her to vote "NO" on HB 30, when its reintroduced again.   http://illinoisfamily.org/marriage/veto-session-medical-marijuana-in-the-land-of-lincoln/ 

1.  HB 30 allows the creation of 59 medical marijuana stores throughout the state - one for each state senate district in a three-year pilot program.

2.  HB 30 allows for a qualified patient to get 2-1/2 ounces of marijuana every 14 days (183 joints, 13 per day).  As the most experienced marijuana drug user smokes on the average three to four joints a day, that would leave roughly 135 joints or around 1.8 ounces.  Here is the catch:  The patient could sell the 1.8 ounces of marijuana for $250 to $550, which could be a problem for schools and teachers.

3.  HB would permit a qualified medical marijuana patient to drive a school bus or a car 6 hours after consumption.   Research shows that a single joint with a moderate level of THC can impair a person's ability to drive for more than 24 house, slowing reaction time, impairing motor coordination, limiting short-term memory, and making it difficult to concentrate and perform complex tasks. 

Anticipating the passage and singing of HB 30 in the near future, Lake Forest City officials, in order to get out in front of the issue, will soon decide potential locations areas for distribution facilities.  Might Barrington determine a marijuana dispensary location, perhaps in the Crabtree Nature Preserve building!  http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/16803544-781/lake-forest-tackles-medical-marijuana-issue.html

The Illinois Police Chief Association has come out against HB 30 for various safety reasons.  Beside permitting medical marijuana patients to wait only six hours to drive after consuming marijuana, it allows individuals younger than 18 to qualify for the program. 

What would prevent teen age medical marijuana users from giving what they don't need of their 14-day allotments to their buddies?  Who is say that the need for medical marijuana can't be faked or that unscrupulous doctors won't prescribe medical marijuana use when not warranted?

It would be foolish to believe, in corrupt Illinois, that criminal activity and exploitation would not result.   Repeat, this IS Corrupt Illinois !

Is the legalization of marijuana, or the condoning of it, worth the damage it could potentially inflict upon your high school age child/children or even younger?  

Marijuana IS a gateway drug to cocaine and heroin.  The approval of marijuana for medical purposes would put less of a stigma on trying marijuana, where before a measure of fear might have existed for experimentation to begin.  

Furthermore, medical marijuana permits will be as easy to get as SS Disability.  What a cruel joke on society.  Just another Leftist effort to undermine society, along with others who refuse to accept the truth about marijuana.

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Steve S. December 10, 2012 at 09:11 PM
The 1950's are calling and would like you to come back, you make more sense there.
Walter White December 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
She was hot to trot during the Eisenhower administration.
Justin December 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM
It is unacceptable and an extreme conflict with Highland Park community values that this obscene letter has been published. Dear editors of the HP Patch, who's next to feature on your front page, David Duke? The pastor of Westboro Baptist Church? One of the websites that Ms. Thorner links to, the Illinois Family Institute, is a radical anti-gay hate group. See here: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners This is the kind of propaganda that we want our kids exposed to in our local Patch? That gays are second class citizens and it should be legal to discriminate against them? That women should be forcibly prevented from access to an abortion even when their own life is in danger? That pornography should be illegal and that the government should implement an internet censorship system to prevent it from being transmitted? These insane ideas are all featured on Ms. Thorner's extremist hate group website.
Bobs yournuncle December 11, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Wake up legalization takes the profits from gangs and cartels! Marijuana only became a major police issue during the reagen ara of just say no. the amount of money spent on incarceration and police to keep it illegal is only helping the black market and the penal system. Legalize and free up time and resources for the real evils heroin,meth etc. Common sense alone is enough to weigh in on the pros and cons of legalization. people will try mood altering drugs, educate and possibly keep them off the hard stuff. I dont condone iresponsible drug use by anyone least of all young adults but lets face the truth the war on drugs has only helped cartels the prison industry gangs and has created a means for funding terrorism to name a few. the drug companys know it will hurt sales to legalize marijuana, its all about the money and old white extremeist so called christian do gooders, look at the old propoganda films it is all a bunch of bs! Legalize Marijuana and worry about more harmful things, stop wasteing money on a lost cause! Wonder why we dont have a balanced budget well this war on drugs is a big part of it wake the hell up allready and do the right thing for everyone and end the stupid policies allready free up some resources for actual critical problems allready it is nonsense to continue feeding the black market and legal system/private penal systems etc for any longer. with regards to marijuana prosecutions on the level that has been perpetrated.
Margaret McCarthy December 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The 1950's were a great time to be alive in our country -- kids could play safely in their neighborhoods with mothers home to watch them. Unemployment was low, crime was low, drug use was low (though higher levels of alcohol use was the norm at least among salesmen). Sexual perversion was rare and not a subject for polite company, much less for young children to taught about in schools as "normal." Now with the excuse of "medical need" marijuana use will be even more rampant and available -- just what we need are more "stoners" who can't work because they are increasingly mindless, homeless, and needing more government tax money to provide for them. If the Left were deliberately trying to destroy our culture and society, they couldn't be any more effective than the previous posters. Hey, here's an idea -- we can't stop theft or murder or DUIs, so let's save money by not bothering to stop those crimes either!
Carl Lambrecht December 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Homosexuals are not second class citizens. I am concerned for their health. Their average income is much higher than most people. HIV/Aids is not a pleasant way to die. According to the NAACP web site 1 in 16 black males is likely to be HIV positive. Homosexuals need our help. Male homosexual life style needs our prayers. Self control is not easy for a homosexual.
Steve S. December 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You are more dangerous to our society than the pot. "The 1950's which were a great time to be alive", alcohol was legal, so what's your point? Sexual perversion was rare? Are you kidding me? Maybe they didn't talk about it, but if you think it wasn't there you are very mistaken, when I am in polite company, I can't remember the last time sexual perversion came up as a subject. Maybe you are hanging out with the wrong crowd. Ask the African American's if the 1950's was a great time to be alive. As far as medical "need" , doctors are feeding people Valium, Xanax, painkillers, by the dozens, if marijuana was legal for medicinal purposes what makes the previous drugs less likely to create "stoners". And finally if you are going to equate the crime of murder to being "stoned", you are either very misinformed, or incredibly nieve. By the way, pot smokers are not homeless, it's too expensive, mainly they are successful businessmen and professionals. When prohibition ended, they didn't run out and hand booze to children, did they?


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