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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.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

1 comment

  1. Race Melton

    This will come close to getting us outta debt ,plus if you want a more law abiding citizens and more apt to not cause trouble for you in office in Illinois n most likely get u all reelected trust me , this will help us all out thank you govener , and to the house in Illinois district , show the people you care wat we want and not just out for the pay , this will make you more incontrol ,and us more likely to go along WT you on everything else you want us to vote in your favor on thank you with respect , concerned marijuana medicine ,user thank you !!

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