Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Illinois
Legislation to legalize cannabis fro everyone 21 and older has been filed in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 316 was filed by Senator Heather Steans (D), and House Bill 2353 was filed by State Representative Kelly Cassidy. Senator Steans was the lead sponsor of a 2016 measure that has since decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis in the state.
Both SB 316 and HB 2353 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. The proposals would legalize regulated and taxes system of cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers. All-in-all, the measures would legalize cannabis “in a manner similar to alcohol”.
“Legalizing and taxing marijuana will not and should not solve all of our budget woes, but it should be a part of the conversation about resolving Illinois’ worsening budget problems”, says Senator Steans. “Every bit of new revenue will help to close the governor’s $5 billion budget gap”.
Both measures must now be passed by their respective chambers before they can be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration.