CHICAGO — Gov. JB Pritzker, key lawmakers and stakeholders announced Monday morning a step forward to legalize recreational pot as soon as Jan. 1, 2020. The measure would allow adults 21 and over to legally purchase marijuana from licensed dispensaries and, the statement says, "create the most equity-centric law in the country."
“Years of work by stakeholders across Illinois means that today we are putting forward a framework for the General Assembly to move forward this session to legalize adult use cannabis, and we welcome additional feedback and insight during this debate,” said Governor JB Pritzker.
“From the outset," Pritzker said, "I made clear that any plan for adult use cannabis had to prioritize social justice and equity, and the approach we’re taking starts righting some historic wrongs and opening up access to this new market with a $20 million loan program that will help qualified applicants from impacted communities.”
Marijuana is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids.
The proposal will not only legalize pot in Illinois, but erase criminal histories involving illegal pot possession.
The plan lays out the governor’s key priorities: legalizing the use of cannabis for adults aged 21 and older, promoting equity in ownership and participation in this emerging sector, advancing justice by expunging the records of people with minor cannabis convictions, and reinvesting funding in communities that have suffered the most from discriminatory drug policies.
The Democrat lawmakers admit throwing up their hands punishing drug users and changing the climate concerning marijuana use.
“Prohibition hasn’t worked. Today, we’re unveiling legislation that represents an important change in public policy, and it is long overdue,” said Representative Kelly Cassidy. “We wanted to create a safe, legal and comprehensive regulatory system that protects patient access and allows adults to use cannabis while keeping it out of the hands of children. We wanted to address the years, the decades of unfairness in the ways that our drug laws have been enforced. This bill represents a giant leap in the right direction.”
“This legislation puts social justice first by acknowledging the damages to overpoliced communities during prohibition,” said Senator Toi Hutchinson. “The expungement program is the most ambitious and comprehensive in the nation, creating a mechanism for erasing hundreds of thousands of offenses. It creates investment in the overpoliced communities through the ROC program, and it creates a low-interest loan program as well as a social equity applicant status, so that communities of color can reap the benefits of legalization.”
Gov Pritzker was successful in getting the state law enforcement on board the plan, still emphasizing their plan to protect the public.
“The Illinois State Police will be a responsible partner in enforcing the law and ensuring any and all provisions of adult use legislation are strictly and efficiently complied with,” said the ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of the residents of Illinois.”
Only uninformed fools would be in favor of legal marijuana. There is plenty of evidence coming from California, Colorado and Washington to dissuade any reasonable lawmaker from following this path to (further) destruction.
Only uninformed fools would not be in favor of legal marijuana. There is plenty of evidence coming from California, Colorado, and Washington to persuade any reasonable lawmaker to follow their path to growth.
Although you didn’t give any examples, I’m assuming you must be taking about the housing market (CO and CA are top 10) or maybe unemployment (CO is at 3%, CA is 4.3%, IL at 4.6%) or maybe you’re talking about when Colorado made so much money that they actually gave some of it back to their residents?
Or maybe you just believe Illinois is in such a great position, with their unbalanced budget, loss of population, and poor infrastructure despite having some of the highest taxes.
Or maybe it’s an ethical reason for you, maybe you just don’t like having the freedom of choice.
“From the outset,” Pritzker said, “I made clear that any plan for adult use cannabis had to prioritize social justice and equity, and the approach we’re taking starts righting some historic wrongs and opening up access to this new market with a $20 million loan program that will help qualified applicants from impacted communities.”
More race entitlements!
No mentions of how they are going to quickly and accurately measure pot impairment when driving.
We have spent decades trying to get drunks off the road and now this.
Marijuana contains more tar than tobacco and it will cause emphysema in many long term smokers. It is not harmless fun.
It’ll result in many more cases of schizophrenia, plus heart failure.
Roll one Ian, Frank & Truth,
meanwhile, in recent news a Republican
IL Representative was arrested for DUI