Illinois To Become 11th State To Legalize Recreational Cannabis

It’s been an exciting time these past years seeing more and more states legalize recreational and medical cannabis, and others move to decriminalize on their way to full legalization. For a majority of those who listen to music, the herbaceous plant often enhances the experience and make festival food more palatable. Now, Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. The Illinois house approved a bill today with a vote of 66-47 already approved by the Senate yesterday, and now only needs a signature from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Pritzker, who campaigned for office on a promise to legalize weed, quickly issued a statement in which he promised to sign a bill that he said offers “the most equity-centric approach in the nation.”

“This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance,” Pritzker said in his statement.

There is one major difference between Illinois and other states, however. Whereas other states have approved legal weed via voter initiatives, Illinois will become the first to do so via legislature. The bill takes effect Jan. 1 and would allow residents age 21 and older to legally possess 30 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product. Nonresidents could possess 15 grams of cannabis.

via Chicago Tribune