Driving  street Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana


Driving street

  • Star

driving  street FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions during a news conference in the governors office at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Pritzker says he has The Associated Press
FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions during a news conference in the governor’s office at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Pritzker says he has “no concerns at all” about a media report that federal authorities are investigating a property tax break he got by taking toilets out of a Chicago mansion he owns. The billionaire told reporters Wednesday, April 24, 2019 he’s certain that any review would show “all the rules were followed” in the tax appeal. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreationalmarijuanain the state starting next year.

Pritzker joined fellow Democrats Saturday to announce the legislation. It would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could possess up to about an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana. The legislation also would automatically expunge some marijuana convictions.

Lawmakers plan to introduce the measure Monday, kicking off debate at the Legislature. Democrats hold a majority in both chambers.

Pritzker campaigned on the issue and is counting on more than $1 billion from legalizing recreational marijuana in his proposed state budget.

Ten states, including neighboring Michigan, have legalized recreational marijuana. Illinois already has approved medical cannabis.

Read More

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here