Governor of IL plans to sign recreational marijuana bill

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2019

J.B. Pritzker could sign a bill to legalize recreational marijuana as soon as Tuesday.

"As the first state in the nation to fully legalize adult-use cannabis through the legislative process, IL exemplifies the best of democracy: a bipartisan and deep commitment to better the lives of all of our people,"said Gov. JB Pritzker".

The law would allow residents to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana at a time. Nonresidents could have 15 grams.

Prtizker, a Democrat, campaigned on the issue and his election boosted an existing effort for legalization in the state. Once signed, the law would take effect on January 1, 2020. Missouri's DHSS has posted an interactive map showing where prospective cultivation, dispensary, and infused product manufacturing facilities have had pre-filed application fees submitted.

IL is the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales through legislation, a process that has proved tricky even in states with Democrat-controlled statehouses that have been more receptive to changing drug laws. Discussions in Pennsylvania never got off the ground.

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