Illinois Senate Votes for Weed Legalization
Illinois becomes the next big state to move closer in legalizing marijuana.
The state would become the 11th U.S state to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. On Wednesday, Illinois state Senate on passed the legislation with a 38-17 vote. Facing a Friday deadline, the bill is currently being considered by the Democratic-Majority House.
One big supporter for the bill is Illinois’ Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker. He had campaigned in favor of legalizing marijuana.
The bill would allow adults that were 21 and older to purchase and possess 30 grams of marijuana, five grams of concentrate, and cannabis-infused products that contain 500 milligrams or less of THC. Non-residents would be able to purchase half of those amounts.
There will also be a pardon of individuals who have had convictions for amounts of cannabis under 30 grams. Illinois’ state attorneys or individuals would be able to petition a court to remove convictions for cases of possession with 500 grams or less.
Medical patients would be able to buy marijuana seeds and grow up to five plants in their homes, as long as they are out of public view.
Lastly, the bill would allow employers to maintain a zero-tolerance policy for cannabis in their workplace and would create a task force through the police department that would examine ways to enforce DUI laws that involve the use of marijuana.
If passed, the bill would go into effect in January 2020. This means taxes for cannabis products would be initiated as well.