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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Illinois is on the verge of making recreational marijuana legal in the state. The Illinois House voted 66 to 47 to pass the recreational marijuana bill on Friday afternoon.

Governor JB Pritzker said he applauded the passage of the bill as "the most equity-centric approach in the nation" to legalizing marijuana. The bill also has the support of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.

Pritzker said he looks forward to signing the bill into law. Recreational marijuana could be legal in Illinois as soon as January 1, 2020.
 

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State Representative Carol Ammons from Urbana, Illinois, spoke passionately after the Illinois House voted 66 to 47 to pass the recreational marijuana bill on Friday afternoon.



When the Illinois House convened Friday morning, the first bill called was the recreational marijuana bill, which passed out of a House committee Thursday night.

Recreational marijuana is expected to bring in $58 million in 2020, largely from licensing fees and more than double that the next year.

The bill would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 30 grams or about an ounce.
 

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Friday is going to be a busy day for Illinois lawmakers, including a bill to legalize marijuana.



"It's a little surreal still. I knew that we were in good shape. I never put a number on it, but this is higher than anything I imagined," said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat from Chicago who sponsored the bill.

The bill was pushed as one emphasizing criminal justice reform first, promising expungement for those convicted of low-level pot possession offenses.

"This is the first step in what's been a very long war on drugs," state Senator Toi Hutchinson said. "It's not over by any means necessary, it's step one in starting to right what happened."

But the vote did not come without some heated debate, including in the black caucus.

"We've had 50 damn years to work on the issue. Nobody saw fit to do it and then, all of a sudden when it's an opportunity to make money from the same things that have decimated our communities, all of a sudden it's about criminal justice reform. It's offensive," said Rep. Curtis Tarver II, a Democrat from Chicago.

"Getting stoned is a condoned and accepted recreational activity, and I just have a real problem with that," Rep. Anthony DeLuca said.

With this vote Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

There's still a lot of work to be done on other important issues, forcing the legislative session to be extended through Sunday.

The House Committee took up a budget on Friday, a 1,581-page monstrosity that was just released Friday afternoon.

Several bills waiting for floor debate include a bill concerning sports betting and casinos, a capital bill and a controversial abortion bill.

Lawmakers told ABC7 they expect to get a budget done Friday, as well as pass bills to legalize sports betting - excluding betting on Illinois college teams -- and add six new casinos, including one in Chicago, but Chicago would not own it. Revenue from sports betting would fund capital projects like buildings.

"What I do know, whatever gaming passes, there will be a license for the south suburbs," said State Rep. Will Davis, D-East Hazelcrest. "Our major concerns would be the Chicago casino. Not that we don't want Chicago to have one, but the question is where would be located, because we don't want a casino to cannibalize anything we're trying to do in the south suburbs."

"Well, I believe we've got a good bill that we've compromised, we've worked on. Is everybody happy? No, and that's usually a sign that it's a good bill when not everybody received everything they wanted," said Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island.

Several tax increases, including on parking and gasoline, are expected.

 

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shaggy

I think I have it right.

You may or may not be allowed to have 5 plants.

6 plants is a felony.

 

That is the shit they are passin off as legalization.

And folks are buying it thinking things will get better with time.

I think it is going the other way myself but we will see.

 

Before long it will be a felony to cultivate THC in any state.

Unless you are on the inside and well connected in politics.

I hope not but that is what my chrystal ball is telling me.🤔


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Illinois Grown is the latest of 20 facilities licensed by the state since 2015 to begin growing and selling medical marijuana. Recognizing an unprecedented opportunity to sell to the public, many of the cultivators want to supply the new recreational market by themselves, with no new competition, until demand requires otherwise. Under the legalization proposal, they would get their wish, at least temporarily.

 

Medical marijuana growers like Illinois Grown Medicine would get first crack to supply recreational sales starting Jan. 1, 2020, with the state licensing up to 150 smaller craft growers beginning later next year. Then, if state regulators decided that demand warrants it, there could be only 10 more growers at the same size as the medical growers.

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As for the proposed craft growers, they would be limited to 5,000 square feet to begin, though they can enlarge later to 14,000 square feet. As currently proposed, they cannot process cannabis into edibles and extracts, which some caution may hurt their chances of being profitable, but they can share space with a licensed processor.

For craft growers, applications would cost $40,000, and the licenses would cost an additional $100,000 — the same as the annual renewal fee for medical cultivators — but the bill provides for reduced fees and loans for social equity investors, defined in part as those who come from areas that were disproportionately harmed by marijuana convictions, such as the South and West sides of Chicago.

 

source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-medical-marijuana-growers-recreational-market-in-illinois-20190515-story.html

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I heard the rec home grow part got shit canned, not sure though.


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