Illinois Senate approves adult-use cannabis industry

The Illinois Senate passed a recreational marijuana sales and taxation measure by a vote of 38-17 on Wednesday night.

The amended measure now goes to the state House for consideration.

Lawmakers must act before the legislative session ends Friday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, set adult-use cannabis legalization as a priority, and the current measure is in large part a reflection of a plan he unveiled earlier this month.

If the measure is passed into law, Illinois would become the first state in the U.S. to legalize a commercial recreational marijuana program through its Legislature rather than via a ballot measure.

Vermont legalized adult use by legislative action, but that measure was limited to home grow, possession and use.

– Marijuana Business Daily and Associated Press

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4 comments on “Illinois Senate approves adult-use cannabis industry
  1. jeff l on

    Good for Illinois !
    Now if it can get through the House the state will make some significant amounts of money to help with growing deficits , that every state seems to have do to incompetence with budgeting and social programs that are in much demand.

  2. unknown guy on

    This is not “legalization” in Illinois. This is another Tax funnel straight to the corrupt governments pockets. If they are not allowing people to grow their own (illinois now only is allowing medical to grow their own) then it is not about the people, or the freedom of cannabis. Its about the Tax Revenue!! Be cautious Illinois, this is NOT about cannabis being legal. This IS about Tax dollars. They don’t want you to be able to grow your own… because there is no tax money in it.

    • Simon Burnett on

      That’s what I’m saying I’m with u on this if I can buy it why cant I grow my own weed … what they gonna do arrest me for growing a plant that is now legal

    • Bud Miller on

      This is a great thing for most of us. Do you also have a cow and a chicken, or do you go to the store for milk and eggs?

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