Illinois Taking Steps To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
It's a controversial topic, but one that people seem to have strong opinions about: legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. Medicinal marijuana is already legal in the Land of Lincoln, but not everyone is free to smoke up.
Illinois lawmakers are curious as to what the general public thinks of legalizing pot. According to ABC 7 in Chicago, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey wants to ask Illinois voters if they're in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older on the March 2018 ballot. This resolution will be introduced on Wednesday at the Cook County Board meeting.
Although it wouldn't immediately change laws, the resolution would help the cause for recreational marijuana advocates, so it could be a step in the right direction. Fritchey says that he recognizes that pot sales would be hugely beneficial revenue for the state.
If I had to guess, I think most of the state would agree with him. Even if you're not someone who smokes, everyone knows Illinois desperately needs the money right now. If the resolution passes and the majority say they would vote for legal marijuana, I could see lawmakers finally getting the wheels turning for legalization in Illinois.
H/T to Lenny from 97ZOK at TSM Rockford.