SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Starting in January, recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois after Governor J.B. Prizker signed the bill into law yesterday.
Taxes from the sale of marijuana in the state is expected to bring in around $58 million in 2020.
Twenty-five percent of the income will go toward impoverished communities that have a history of violence and systemic issues.
The marijuana bill establishes a program called R-3, which stands for “restore, reinvest, and renew.”
A bipartisan board of legislators will grant funding based on factors like gun violence, unemployment and poverty.
Advocates say the program could help rebuild communities.
Jim Bray, of the Illinois Justice Project, said, “The idea is not to have the State come in and tell them what they need, but to get them at the table with the State to talk about what they think their problems are, and what the best way it would be to resolve and help them revitalize the communities.”
The bill goes into effect on January 1st, 2020.