Gov. J.B. Pritzker inked a bill that makes it possible for residents to acquire and possess up to an ounce of cannabis and non-residents can have up to 15 grams. Illinois became the 11th state to approve legal marijuana in the U.S. when the bill was signed. This was promised in Pritzker’s campaign, and it is also going to deliver a statewide cannabis marketplace. Moreover, more than 800,000 folks who have a criminal record for getting or possessing 30 grams of weed or significantly less will have their record totally expunged.
Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Sales
If you are an adult 21 years of age or older, you can acquire at authorized dispensaries when they are established with correct licenses, which could start out as quickly as January 1, 2020. Till then, it will be a crime to possess marijuana.
I’m completely on board with the subsequent component of the report I study on Fox, exactly where it talked about how this campaign capitalized on the sentiment that law enforcement basically had greater issues to do other than round up pot smokers and that the state could advantage from the taxation just like it does with tobacco and alcohol.
This could produce involving $800 million and $1 Billion yearly, and dispensary licensing alone could generate $170 million.
With ten other states currently possessing carried out this, as nicely as the District of Columbia, considering the fact that 2012, Illinois is the only one particular to have a statewide marketplace, which tends to make this deal one of a kind.
It is a shame that New York and New Jersey each failed this spring in their efforts to get legal marijuana, as nicely as the Pennsylvania try final winter.
I’ll retain my pulse on this news, as nicely as other states that are coming up on legalizing marijuana. Till then, retain following your regional laws!