Illinois Inches Towards Recreational Marijuana Legalization

While efforts to legalize marijuana in Northeast legislatures have been mostly stymied this spring, Illinois is moving full speed ahead.

On May 30, the state Senate voted 38-17 in favor of SB 2275, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. It now goes to the House as HB 1438. Gov. J.B. Pritzger says he’ll sign it.

This would be landmark legislation in a number of ways: Illinois would be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana legislatively (30 grams in this case) and create a commercial market at the same time (Vermont did the former last year). It would also expunge more than 750,000 cannabis-related cases, including all convictions for possession of less than 30 grams, and create a social equity program for people most directly impacted by the War on Drugs.

ILLINOIS GOV. J.B. PRITZKER: “Illinois is poised to become the first state in the nation that put equity and criminal justice reform at the heart of its approach to legalizing cannabis.”

Home growing (five plants) would only be allowed for medical patients. The tax structure is 10% on flower, 20% on edibles and 25% on concentrates, as well as state and local sales taxes, adding up

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