Illinois lawmakers indicated yesterday that the legalization of recreational marijuana will be coming in the not-too-distant future. A group of lawmakers then introduced two bills—Senate Bill 316 and House Bill 2353—that would legalize (and heavily tax) recreational marijuana. The bill would allow adults to possess, grow and purchase up to 28 grams of weed. The bill’s proponents assert that legalization would generate millions in tax revenue for the state.
In a press conference yesterday, State Senator Heather Steans and Representative Kelly Cassidy cited a recently survey showing that a majority of Illinois voters support the legalization of marijuana. The lawmakers said they believe legalization would also cut off income to local gangs and dealers.
Groups including the ACLU, the NORML, Clergy for a New Drug Policy, the Marijuana Policy Project and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition have offered their strong support for the bill.
Legal marijuana may soon be a reality in the Prairie State!