Since Democrat J.B. Pritzker took over as Governor of Illinois, many in the state have worked to pass a recreational marijuana bill. And now the first bill to do so has finally been introduced.
Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons introduced a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois. Ammons' bill would allow business to buy and sell cannabis, and allow Illinois residents to grow up to 24 marijuana plants in their home. The bill would also allow cannabis businesses to create areas where customers could consume marijuana. The bill would also include special provisions for minorities and communities to be included in the cannabis industry.
Ammons' bill will probably not pass, however. A separate bill is being worked on by other Democrats in the state legislature, with help from state party leaders as well as the governor's office. The "official" marijuana bill is expected to be introduced to the Illinois legislature in April.
There are differences between Ammons' bill and the future bill. The bill being negotiated would likely limit home grown marijuana plants to just five, and there would be no on-site cannabis consumption. But there would be an expunging of records and incentives for minority communities, like in Ammons' bill.
So whether it's Ammons' bill or another proposal, it seems likely Illinois will legalize marijuana in the next few months.
(h/t Chicago Tribune)