Illinois poll finds support dwindling for marijuana legalization

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — At least one Republican who supports legal recreational marijuana says he cannot support Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s current proposal.

Bloomington Sen. Jason Barickman says the current plan, to expunge 800,000 criminal convictions, including some low level felonies, is too much.

Barickman says he’s not the only one who thinks the proposed plan is going too far.

“The Governor’s plan here falls way short. It’s incredibly controversial across the board,” Barickman said. “I think what you’re hearing is that Republicans and Democrats alike look at the Governor’s proposal and have identified key aspects of it which the public is going to find incredibly controversial.”

Barickman challenged the Governor to use his power to forgive those records, and let the statehouse focus on legalization.

Pritzker’s office responded: “Negotiations and feedback are welcome.”

A new poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy earlier this month, found that only two in five Illinois residents favor full marijuana legalization.

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