Illinois to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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Published on June 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:19s

Illinois to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Illinois to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Illinois lawmakers voted 66 to 47 in favor of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act on May 31.

Governor J.B.

Pritzker is expected to sign the bill and make Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana.

Illinois would also be the first U.S. state to legalize commercial recreational marijuana use through its legislature.

States such as Alaska, California and Colorado previously legalized recreational marijuana through ballot measures.

The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act proposes marijuana regulation in a manner similar to alcohol.

Adults 21 and older would be able to legally purchase cannabis and possess up to 30 grams of marijuana and cannabis-infused products.

It would also create a framework for the expungement of non-violent cannabis related charges.

An estimated 770,000 residents could qualify for record expungement.

The bill mandates that tax revenue from the sale of cannabis would be applied to the administrative costs of the expungement processes.

The law is expected to go into effect in January 2020.

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