Legal recreational marijuana in Illinois a step closer after Senate committee vote

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The Senate Executive Committee advanced to the full Senate legislation that would legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana and direct the governor to pardon people with past convictions for low-level pot possession.

“We know prohibition is not working,” said state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, the longtime sponsor of efforts to legalize cannabis. “It’s time to come up with a better policy. We want social justice, safety for our kids and the state to realize additional revenue.”

The measure, which advanced on a 13-3 bipartisan vote, would allow state residents age 21 and above to possess 30 grams of marijuana for their personal use and 15 grams by non-Illinois residents from licensed cannabis dispensaries.

It would restrict homegrown plants for personal use to those who are medically certified marijuana-qualified patients. They would be entitled to have five plants.

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May 29, 2019 at 05:27PM

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