By John O’Connor, Related Press
(AP) — Illinois is more likely to grow to be the 11th state to permit small quantities of marijuana for leisure use after the Democratic-controlled Home on Could 31 despatched a legalization plan to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. Gov. Pritzker sought marijuana legalization when campaigning to be governor.
These 21 and older would be capable of purchase marijuana at licensed dispensaries starting subsequent yr below the laws accepted on a vote of 66-47. Residents might possess as much as 1 ounce (30 grams) and non-residents might have 15 grams.
Initially desiring to let anybody develop 5 marijuana crops at residence for private consumption, regulation enforcement opposition prompted lawmakers to limit the five-plant home-grow restrict solely to certified medical marijuana sufferers.
Non-public property house owners might prohibit use. Landlords might ban marijuana on their property. And employers would nonetheless be allowed to take care of “zero tolerance” insurance policies towards marijuana use and the office.
“It’s time to hit the ‘reset’ button on the Conflict on Medication,” the proposal’s sponsor, Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy, stated. “We now have a possibility at present to set the gold normal for a regulated market that facilities on fairness and restore.”
Pritzker referred to as for legalization in his marketing campaign for governor, arguing for its tax-revenue potential and for releasing police to implement extra severe crimes. He claimed there can be $170 million in licensing charges within the first yr and a totally established trade might produce as much as $1 billion yearly in state tax income.
The vote got here on the final day of the Common Meeting’s spring session, which obtained prolonged partially due to the three ½-hour marijuana debate.
Illinois would grow to be the second state to endorse the thought by its legislature, following Vermont final yr. Ten states and the District of Columbia have dropped pot prohibitions, principally by poll initiatives.
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