This State Wants to Make a Huge Change to Its Marijuana Laws

Toni Houston
March 24, 2017

CHICAGO Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday.

Out-of-state visitors would be allowed to purchase marijuana under this bill, but would not be permitted to take it across state lines. Unlike California, Nevada and ME, where Tax and Regulate campaigns won the day last November, Vermont's proposal would not cultivate a regulated marketplace encompassing recreational sales and taxation.

Advocates have cited successes from Colorado's marijuana legalization, including the amount of revenue the proposal could generate for the state.

"Marijuana prohibition is a quagmire that creates far more problems than it prevents", Cassidy said in a statement.

IL lawmakers want to see marijuana legalization; California lawmakers want to protect marijuana legalization, and more. He claimed "Prohibition has been an absolute, dismal failure in terms of trying to reduce or address marijuana use among our youth" as any high school student in the state "will tell you that marijuana is widely available, much more readily available" than regulated substances like alcohol or tobacco.

Sen. Steans also wants to explore the issue of marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain management.

"Regulating marijuana and removing the criminal element from marijuana production and sales will make our communities safer", she said.

Elizabeth Comrey, a former Providence police officer, said time law enforcement spends on marijuana offenses could best be spent on more pressing public safety matters. "Every bit of new revenue will help to close the governor's $5 billion budget gap", Steans said.

"Prohibition is a financial hole in the ground and we should stop throwing taxpayer dollars into it", she said.

Asked if Gov. Bruce Rauner would consider signing either piece of legislation, spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said the two bills were under review. If passed, the bills would also provide for legalized retail sales of marijuana products.

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