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Recreational Marijuana Going Legal As Proposed By Illinois Lawmakers

By Jaden Jane | Mar 26, 2017 10:55 PM EDT

Recreational marijuana legalization is the advocate of the lawmakers in Illinois. This happens after the legalization of marijuana was submitted for recreational use.

In a report published by Chicago Reader, the Illinois State Capitol's recreational marijuana advocates filed the said legalization for recreational use. More so, there are bills being proposed legalizing the use of marijuana for people who are 21 years old and older.

Aside from the permission of purchasing the recreational marijuana, the said age range are allowed to possess and even grow marijuana in their home at limited amounts of pot. Also, the bill will let people have their business licensed for the growing and marketing of the weed.

Meanwhile, according to Chicago Tribune, the bill to regulate marijuana has a higher probability of receiving negative feedbacks and no vote up until next year. Even though the proposed bill would impose the tax for the recreational marijuana at a rate of $50 per ounce in wholesale with additional 6.25 percent sales tax, this is not enough to convince other legislators for approval.

On the other hand, if the proposed bill of legalizing the use of recreational marijuana will be approved, people will be allowed to possess a maximum of 28 grams per pot. based on the previous sales in Colorado, the Illinois is expected to acquire a fund of $350 million up to $700 million per year.

However, one of the leading opposition for the bill is the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police group. The organization believes that allowing people to use the recreational marijuana and contain it would be a treat to public and safety as well as it will cause a possibility of enforcement problems.

Senator Heather Steans and Representative Kelly Cassidy are the co-sponsors of the bill to legalize recreational marijuana, they are as well Democrats from the North Side. Both Cassidy and Steans are pushing not to have voted but to hold hearings and claim feedbacks from the other members of the legislation. " If we bring this out in the open, we can generate revenue legally rather than for the black market," Steans said.

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