What Legalized Marijuana Could Mean for Illinois

Is Illinois on the path to legalizing recreational marijuana? Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who was sworn in Monday, said as much during his inaugural address in Springfield.

“In the interests of keeping the public safe from harm, expanding true justice in our criminal justice system, and advancing economic inclusion, I will work with the legislature to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of recreational cannabis in Illinois,” Pritzker said on Monday.

The effort to legalize marijuana also has support from at least some members of the state legislature.

State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, are sponsors of a proposed plan that would allow anyone 21 or older to use cannabis legally. The pair of legislators unveiled their plan in 2017.

The idea also has support from some Illinois residents. Two years ago, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University conducted a poll in which about

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