Illinois Governor Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use
Many citizens who smoke weed in Illinois will ring in the New Year on a positive note when recreational use becomes legal in the state on January 1.
Starting on the New Year, people 21 and older will be able to legally purchase up to 30 grams of flower, 5 grams of concentrate, or 500 grams of THC-infused products such as edibles from authorized commercial resellers throughout the United States. State.
Cannabis consumers are expected to flock to the handful of licensed stores across Chicago on New Years Day. On the north side of town, a merchant sold $ 250 tickets to shoppers who wanted to be on the front line when the store opened. early morning next Wednesday.
Another store, Dispensary 33, in the Uptown area of the city, will use a paging system to accommodate customers waiting in a bar next door.
“The whole neighborhood is joining in on the fun… it will be a whole new world in Chicago on January 1,” said manager Abigail Watkins, noting that many businesses in the area are running specials and deals to celebrate the day.
Illinois joins 10 other states and the District of Columbia where small amounts of adult drugs are legal. Medical marijuana in Illinois has been legal since 2014.
In June, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Democrat, signed a marijuana law that also clears some 700 marijuana-related records and convictions.
Not everyone approves of the legislation.
“The message that… these stupid politicians are sending to our communities and especially our young children is that it doesn't matter,” said David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, who opposes to measure.
“We know this is big business and that the studies that have been done show the dangerousness of cannabis which has a high THC content today.
Private sales of cannabis, driving during high consumption, and consumption in public will remain prohibited in the state.
The law is expected to generate more than $ 57 million in new taxes and fees for Illinois in fiscal 2020, which begins July 1 for the financially troubled state, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.