Illinois has approved the legalization: cannabis is legal from 21 years
Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, becoming the 11th US state to do so and reinforcing Governor JB Pritzker's efforts to bolster the cash-strapped state's finances. .
Representatives room has adopted Friday the measure authorizing the purchase and possession of cannabis by persons aged 21 years and older from 2020. The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday. Governor Pritzker, who will take office in January, made legalization one of the pillars of his campaigns and stated shortly after the adoption of the law that he would sign it. The Democratic billionaire's budget proposal for the year beginning July 1er includes about 170 million from the sale of producer licenses.
Illinois joins the growing movement to end the drug ban: Ten more states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis in the last seven years, according to the report. National Conference of State Legislatures . The decision of Illinois follows Michigan, potentially creating a hub in the Midwest after legalization efforts in New Jersey and New York have been blocked earlier this year.
What does the new law allow?
While waiting for the opening of stores, it is now possible to grow up to 5 plants at home and store up to 30 grams cannabis for personal use. The new law automatically clears criminal records of about 800000 Americans. The tax savings, estimated at 500 million dollars a year, will be directed to the public: 35% of the general budget to the state and 25% to a community rehab fund. 10% will be allocated to institutions for education and information.
Le Vermont was the first state to legalize cannabis by a bill in its legislature while the rest did so in referendums. Illinois is now the second state to have done so.