Updated: Jun 2, 2019
Gov. Pritzker is waiting to sign the bill into law,
which will make marijuana purchases legal from a dispensary in Illinois.
The Illinois State senate approves the bill on Wednesday and the Illinois House followed this Friday.
The Governor has already issued a statement pledging to sign bill into law.
The Governor said, “The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation,” Pritzker said.
“This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance.”
Once the measure has taken effect, People 21 and older will be able to purchase up to 30 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of cannabis concentrates such as hash oil.
Next, The bill is more than legalizing marijuana. Social justice and reform is also part of the bill.
A major supporter of the bill, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, during the debate said,
“It is time to hit the reset button on the war on drugs. What is before us is the first in the nation to approach this legislatively, deliberately, thoughtfully, with a eye toward repairing the harm and the war on drugs. We have an opportunity today to set the gold standard for a regulated market that centers on equity and repair.”
The signing of the bill will expunge those who have been convicted of marijuana possession without violent crime attached. The postive effect of clearing non-violent marijuana possession charges will be outstanding for the Illinois community.
The State will also address the problem of DUI by adding a DUI Task Force led by Illinois State Police to examine best practices. Those would include examining emergency technology and roadside testing.
The measure also will address the conflict of interest involving the lawmakers. Which would ban lawmakers their family members and state employees from being able to get a cannabis business license for two years.
Once signed the law will taken effect on January 1, 2020.