Pritzker, lawmakers want to legalize marijuana in Illinois by January 1st, 2020


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Governor J.B. Pritzker and key lawmakers announced Saturday that they have agreed on a legal framework to introduce recreational marijuana sales in Illinois by a target date of January 1st, 2020.

The measure would allow adults 21 and over to legally purchase the drug from licensed dispensaries.

According to a news release from the Governor’s Office, the measure will be introduced on Monday.

“Years of work by stakeholders across Illinois means that today we are putting forward a framework for the General Assembly to move forward this session to legalize adult use cannabis, and we welcome additional feedback and insight during this debate,” said Pritzker. 

Under the measure, an adult Illinois resident would be able to legally possess 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of cannibas concentrate, 500 milligrams of THS in a cannabis-infused produce, of less than 30 grams of raw marijuana grown by an eligible resident.

Homeowners would be able to grow up to five plants so long as they own the home, have permission from the landlord, and keep the plants in a separately locked room or out of the view of children and teens.

The bill proposes several tax rates, depending on the amount of THC in the product, with a 10 percent tax on THC levels below 35 percent, and a 25 percent tax on THC levels above 35 percent.

Growers will be taxed 7 percent on gross reciepts from all sales.

Employers can adopt reasonable policies concerning drug testing, smoking, consumption, storage or use of cannabis in the workplace.

The bill would also allow for expunging the criminal records of people convicted of minor cannabis infractions, and would allocate state funds from the sale of marijuana to communities that have suffered from “discriminatory drug policies.”

Licenses would be approved in waves, beginning with current medical cannabis license holders.

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