Illinois Primed for Marijuana Legalization in 2018 – News

Illinois could become the first state on the outskirts of Middle America to establish a fully legal cannabis trade.

According to a report from DNA Info, two lawmakers intend to push legislation at the beginning of next year aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

State Senator Heather Steans and state Representative Kelly Cassidy, who believe legal weed could help fix some of the state’s financial woes, brought the issue to the table earlier this year with the understanding that the bill did not stand a fighting chance at going the distance.

Instead, the two legislative forces wanted to give other members of the Assembly plenty of time to stew on the measure in an effort to give it a better chance for survival in 2018.

“We want to be sure that we are doing it in the way that makes the most sense,” Steans said.

The initial draft of the proposal, which failed to receive a vote before the end of the 2017 session, would have given adults 21 and older the freedom to purchase marijuana in a manner similar to beer. It also came with a home cultivation provision that would have given residents the ability to grow weed on their own private property for…

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