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Illinois Legislators Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bills

Illinois Legislators Introduce Recreational #Marijuana Bills

  • Two Illinois legislators have introduced bills to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to a March 23, 2017, article in the Chicago Tribune.
  • The bills set a $50 per ounce tax on wholesale marijuana in addition to the Illinois 6.25 percent sales tax.
  • The bills would allow adults, 21 years of age or older, to possess and buy up to 28 grams of marijuana and to grow up to five plants.
  • Illinois’s recreational sales could be worth $350 million to $700 million in sales annually, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which based its figures on Colorado’s recreational marijuana sales.
  • Illinois’ medical marijuana sales had exceeded $20 million between their start in November 2015 and a report in October 2016.

Two Illinois legislators have introduced bills to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to Chicago Tribune.

@MJINews: Illinois Legislators Introduce Recreational #Marijuana Bills

Two Illinois legislators have introduced bills to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to a March 23, 2017, article in the Chicago Tribune.

However, state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Democrats from the north side of Chicago, said they will not put the bills up for a vote this year. Rather, they will hold hearings on the bills with an eye toward a vote next year, the Tribune reported.

“Regulating marijuana and removing the criminal element from marijuana production and sales will make our communities safer,” Cassidy said.

The bills set a $50 per ounce tax on wholesale marijuana in addition to the Illinois 6.25 percent sales tax. The bills would allow adults, 21 years of age or older, to possess and buy up to 28 grams of marijuana and to grow up to five plants.

Illinois’s recreational sales could be worth $350 million to $700 million in sales annually, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which based its figures on Colorado’s recreational marijuana sales.

Illinois’ medical marijuana sales had exceeded $20 million between their start in November 2015 and a report in October 2016.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to prohibit new marijuana operations in unincorporated areas and to set a closing date for existing operations. The 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors will allow three existing dispensaries to operate until 2022. Two dispensaries in the process of getting permits can open, but they also must close within five years.

Illinois Legislators Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bills

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