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Is Illinois the next US state on the verge of marijuana legalization?
Illinois is about to become the 11th state in the United States to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana!
The Senate passed legislation last week with 38-17 votes, allowing adults to buy and own small amounts of marijuana. Members of both the Democrats and the Republicans also voted in favor of the bill. The Democratic Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, must now only sign the law.
The bill allows adults aged 21 and over to buy and own 30 grams of cannabis, five grams of cannabis concentrate and products infused with cannbis with no more than 500 milligrams of THC. Non-residents may acquire half of each of these amounts.
The measure would also pardon persons convicted of cannabis gene under 30 grams. “Illinois is ready to become the first state in the nation to put justice and criminal justice reform at the heart of its approach to cannabis legalization, and I am grateful that the Senate has taken this important step,” Pritzker said in a statement last Wednesday.
The law would enter into force in January 2020. The measure would also introduce taxes on cannabis products. It provides grants and financial support to communities “most affected by the enforcement of cannabis-related legislation” and loans to establish cannabis companies.
The law would also allow medical patients to buy marijuana seeds and grow up to five plants at home as long as the plants are kept away from the public.
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