ILLINOIS TO BECOME 11TH STATE TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

ILLINOIS TO BECOME 11TH STATE TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE

SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
Illinois is poised to become the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana after lawmakers voted on Friday to legalize the plant. Governor J.B. Pritzker assured Illinoisans he would sign the bill that would also automatically expunge criminal records of prior convictions of minor pot possession.

This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance. I applaud bipartisan members of the General Assembly for their vote on this legislation.

— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) May 31, 2019

Steve Hawkins, executive director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project, said:

“Illinois is on the brink of replacing a shameful, destructive policy with the most far-reaching cannabis law ever enacted.”

Pritzker, Illinois’ billionaire governor, took office in January of this year after campaigning on the legalization of marijuana, among other things. His office didn’t give a timeline for when he might sign bill into law, but he tweeted his intentions soon after the bill’s approval.

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