For what it is worth — I’ve never used recreational drugs (I liked beer a lot when I was in high school and college and never moved over to the hard stuff. Now my “drug” of choice tends to be either a New Zealand Sauv. Blanc or a right bank Bordeaux).
We waste way too many resources and have created a terrible illegal market for those things.
Let people buy them openly and let gangbangers find another line of work.
The new car seat law bugs me, with its requirement that any child under 8 have a car or booster seat. My kid is 6 but the size of a 9 year old, so I’d say we should “unban” the ability to ride in the backseat without a carseat (if a kid is big and heavy enough).
- Dan S, a voter and Cubs Fan - Wednesday, Jul 23, 08 @ 10:51 am:
What raisin said. Any family that has more than two kids under eight needs a larger vehicle just to accommodate the car seats/booster seats - at a time when we are being encouraged to downsize our vehicles.
Just like with amusement parks, they should set a height/weight standard (you must be this tall to ride this ride) not an age standard.
Indoor smoking ban of course. Tobacco is a perfectly legal product, why can’t bar owners choose to have it in their establishments? And with respect to the sweet ganja… you should want it banned: it is much cheaper and easier to get since the only thing the government has to do with it is trying to stop it.
Fireworks. Once I left Sangamon County I could see a lot of them being shot off all over…Sangamon has the strictest fireworks law in teh state…and even if you got a permit, if the fire marshall doesn’t show up to allow your display to go on, the state keeps the money you paid and you’re left having to store the unexploded shells in a bunker. I know cause they did that to a person who was gonna put on a private display on lake springfield.
Ghost’s argument for the end of the ban on common sense is compelling. However, I vote for Skeeter’s proposition for the legalization and/ or decriminalization of recreational drug use by adults. Marijuana seesm like the obvious start to legalization/taxation. Regulation of MJ product quality and potency and taxation make a lot of sense to me since the never-ending war on drugs has been an abject failure.
- Anonymous in Chicago - Wednesday, Jul 23, 08 @ 11:15 am:
Happy hour. Bring it back.
As for legalizing and taxing pot, the gov might be open to that as a budget balancer. He promised to never tax working people. So a pot tax wouldn’t violate that pledge.
Thank you. Try the veal. I’m here all week.
If the pro-gun people want conceal carried allowed, are they willing to package it with reforms that make it easier to track the path of firearm ownership so we can better plug the holes in the system that transfer firearms from legal ownership to illegal ownership and criminal activity?
Since so many have already addressed concealed carry, I’d suggest getting rid of the labrynth of firearm laws across the state; we need something more uniform. And I’m not saying this as a backdoor way of loosening restrictions. I try very hard to be a law-abiding citizen, and yet it’s easy to find myself in techinical violation of local ordinances.
Jake, radar detectors are still legal in Il unless you’re driving an 18-wheeler. Having said that, if you use one and still get stopped by the Five-O, your chances of getting a coupon are approximately 100%.
Unban concealed carry, with training, disclosure, and local signoffs required.
==If the pro-gun people want conceal carried allowed, are they willing to package it with reforms that make it easier to track the path of firearm ownership so we can better plug the holes in the system that transfer firearms from legal ownership to illegal ownership and criminal activity? ==
Sure - so long as such a system is not used to further so called ’sins of the father’ type laws to prosecute the legal owner of a gun that ends up being stolen or misused. I think a lot of gun owners are all for allowing the police to do their jobs as long as it doesn’t infringe upon our rights.
If the package includes serial number registration or bullet tagging schemes, the answer would be ‘no’, though.
- Ken in Aurora - Wednesday, Jul 23, 08 @ 11:39 am:
“If the pro-gun people want conceal carried allowed, are they willing to package it with reforms that make it easier to track the path of firearm ownership so we can better plug the holes in the system that transfer firearms from legal ownership to illegal ownership and criminal activity?”
As a general concept, yes I am. It depends on the details, though - I’m against de facto registration.
Quite frankly this is already in place. Only FOID owners can purchase from dealers or individuals, and further sales must be documented and records kept. What more would you want?
- Speaking At Will - Wednesday, Jul 23, 08 @ 11:40 am:
Hemp production. Hemp can be used to make Livestock bedding and feed, Construction products including insulation, body care products, molded plastics, textiles, paper products, food, medicine, essential oils, and nutritional supplements. The best part about hemp is that it is a weed and because it is, it is easy and cheap to cultivate, maintain and harvest. Besides, think of all the fees Roddy Python and his flying circus could attach to all those products!
1. Auto sales on Sunday
2. Some local communitiesd check the ID of everyone buying liquor regardless of age. I’m over 60 and tired of being carded to buy a bottle of wine.
- Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Jul 23, 08 @ 11:44 am:
Concealed carry of marijuana and foie gras.
- North of I-80 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 08 @ 11:45 am:
Remove exemptions from prosecution and civil liability for parole boards and judges.
Currently, these people release vicious predators back on us and enjoy safety from consequences of these reckless acts. If parole board members and judges were named and sued in civil court for giving us taxpayers up to the criminals, maybe it would end. Crime goes down, insurance rates drop and we employ many workers to build & staff new prisons.
VM’s NYT piece in medical marijuana talks about the 400 some providers paid over $100M in state and local taxes. Seems a bit much for how lousy the places looked. Make if 800 places with a 15% tax, suddenly looks like a serious revenue stream.
Number 1 is getting rid of the ban on political competition appearing on the ballot.
Then definitely marijuana. As VanillaMan’s video proves, California is exactly the same now, even better since the state will bring in about $200 million in taxes on marijuana this year and save another $300 million by not arresting more people, than it was 12 years ago. And in those 12 years there has not been even one overdose death on marijuana, meanwhile California has seen a rash of overdose deaths of the prescription drugs VanillaMan is pushing on little children.
Industrial hemp could be a $5 billion industry in Illinois within 5 years and create thousands of jobs, since vehicle manufacturing plants in Indiana are already importing it from Canada. And industrial hemp can provide about twice the amount of fuel per acre over corn and 7 times the amount of paper over trees.
Also they should lift the bans on prostitution, smoking on private property, information about smokeless tobacco like snus that is safer than smoking, drinking from 18-21, and voting from 16-18.
TaxMeMore - Thank you for the followup on Industrial Hemp. It is a far more efficient fuel than ethanol and does not compete with an established food crop. This in itself would help decrease the cost of food.
The whole fireworks ban is the most pointless law the state has. Drive through any neighborhood on July 4, and there’s fire works going off everywhere. The you have dozens of billboards on the Tollway advertising them “just over the boarder”
It’s a law police cannot enforce due to lack of manpower, just like jaywalking and prohibition.
Looks like concealed carry has pretty well been covered. Ditto weed, although I’ve never really cared for it (and I went to school in So. Cal. in the mid-60’s. It was EVERYWHERE.)
How about unbanning driving in the left-hand lane on Interstates? 80% of the roadways in Illinois, the semis have beaten the Hell out of the right lane, so it is a lot less teeth-rattling in the left lane. The ISP seem to prefer it, and when I see a trooper in the left lane, I hang behind them - if I can catch them…
Sorry TaxMeMore, California is not better off…San Fransciso has become the most dangerous city in America as evidenced by the failure of city officials not having illegal aliens committing violent crimes deported, now one women’s family are dead because a repeat offender was given sanctuary.
Ummm….what was the question? Oh yeah. I think we should allow people to smoke pot, man. And not just for medical reasons…just for fun. I mean, like 10 to 15 percent of the population does it already…most everybody I know smokes it dude! Ask any cop who he would rather deal with: a stoner, a drunk or someone on crack/meth. Each one will pick the pothead, man! Have the same rules as alcohol: taxed, age limit, not while driving or working and imagine how sweet it will be! Besides the tax benefits, it will also spur sales of Little Debbie cakes at c-stores statewide! Dude!
License to carry a firearm throughout the state, and reciprocity with all other states’ LTC. States that have implemented personal protection acts have seen a drop in violent crime. “Wild West” predictions have been made in every LTC state, never materialized. A civilian with LTC is 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent crime than the general public.
Concealed carry. There are 48, that’s 48, other state that allow concealed carry. So the chances are almost 100% that when you are on vacation somewhere in this great country, you are sitting at a concert, driving down the freeway, eating with someone in the next booth who is packing. Does that keep you within the boundaries of Illinois? Does that keep you from every going away from home for any kind of a vacation or business trip? Think about it folks. We are only one of two states that do not allow our citizens to carry a concealed firearm. What is everyone so afraid of?
Here is one out of an old hat… the one dollar minimum beer in the city of dekalb. I remember going to the bar getting 50 cent drafts… until the moralists (and they are the liberals too, imagine that) passed a law that bars had to charge a minimum of $1 per beer.
Fireworks. I think we are losing alot of revenue to border states and our police officers could spend their time doing something more productive than searching cars during the fourth looking for fireworks. Maybe they could further monitor and make sure that on the fourth, drunk drivers are removed from the road.
By th by, does anyone know why we banned fireworks in Illinois.
Legalize and “sin tax” the heck out of weed = more jobs and tax income, easily enough to pay for the “drug war” against more serious and harmful substances (i.e. meth labs that cause death and destruction for both users and their neighborhoods).
Concealed carry, for all the reasons others have given.
We would also be better off, I imagine, if we were to “unban” the option of removing someone from office for Gross Mismanagement.