SPRINGFIELD, Unwell. — A invoice to legalize and regulate cannabis for grownup use in Illinois handed within the state Senate Wednesday in a vote of 38-17. The invoice, which removes a number of cannabis possession offenses from felony histories, now heads to the Home of Representatives for consideration.
“MPP is proud to have labored hand-in-hand with state lawmakers and Gov. Pritzker to develop this historic laws,” mentioned Steve Hawkins, government director of the Marijuana Coverage Venture, which is main advocacy efforts in help of the laws. “This invoice helps individuals take away the stigma and hurt brought on by prior cannabis possession convictions and creates alternatives for many who wish to enter the brand new, regulated program.”
HB 1438, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, would legalize the possession and buy of as much as 30 grams of cannabis for adults and set up an inclusive, regulated marketplace for cultivators, processors, transporters, retail shops, and testing labs. If enacted, adults might start buying cannabis as early as January 1, 2020. Along with legalizing possession and gross sales for adults, the invoice provides the choice for medical sufferers to develop cannabis at dwelling and creates cannabis-related coaching alternatives at local people faculties.
Legal guidelines regulating and taxing cannabis for grownup use have been enacted in 9 states — together with Michigan — and the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. Vermont and D.C. are the one two U.S. jurisdictions the place cannabis possession and cultivation is authorized, however the place the legal guidelines don’t embrace regulated retail gross sales. If HB 1438 is enacted, Illinois will grow to be the primary state to approve authorized cannabis gross sales by means of the state legislature quite than through a poll measure.