Illinois is the marketplace of the 11 state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana, the first country-wide

in the vicinityVideoCDC says one in 10 marijuana users, addictive

In spite of the increasing legalization of marijuana, medical experts say the drug is still addictive; Jeff Paul reports.

Illinois on Tuesday of the 11 state was signed in the USA for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, according to Gov. J. B. Pritzker, a law that allows to buy the inhabitants and possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time, and non-residents up to 15 grams.

The move, which fulfilled one of the Pritzker’s campaign promises, the country’s first comprehensive country-wide cannabis market is developing, by the legislature. It also means that almost 800,000 people, can be erased with a criminal record for the purchase or the possession of 30 grams of marijuana or less, the records.

The law provides for cannabis purchases by adults 21 and older, approved pharmacies that, can start after you are licensed and set up, with the sell. Jan. 1, 2020. That is, the possession remains a crime until then, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats said.


Pritzker successful campaign for Governor, benefited from increasing public opinion that the law enforcement do authorities better to do than to hunt down pot smokers and that the state government could benefit from regulating and taxing the product, such as alcohol and tobacco.

He claimed that, once established, the taxation of marijuana $could generate 800 million to $1 billion a year. It was initially assumed that the budget year begins on 1. July, pharmacy, licensing, $’d were forced to generate 170 million, but Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, the advocates were legalization for at least four years, to a low estimate of approximately $ 58 million in the final proposal. Cassidy added that the fully implemented program may generate only $500 million annually within five years.


The marketplace is part of the Illinois law also deals with what the critics have complained, is the decades-long war against drugs, ” a disproportionate impact on minorities. State sen Toi Hutchinson, a Democrat from Olympia Fields, said, it is a generally accepted fact that African-Americans are four-and-a-half times more likely to be convicted of low is offense-level pot, but she did not know whether Illinois’ numbers were higher than the typical.

In addition to the provision of criminal-record-Peeling for the past low-level offenders, the law would be preferred-marijuana providers in areas with high levels of poverty and records of large numbers of convictions. And parts of the tax revenue must be reinvested in impoverished communities.

Police organizations are cautious, concerned about the enforcement of driving under the influence of laws and technology to argue for the testing of marijuana impairment is more development needed. Law enforcement organizations that were successful, the killing of a previous provision that would have allowed anyone group of up to five marijuana plants at home for personal use.


The police said they would have difficulties to enforce, so the law was changed to allow five plants are maintained only by authorized patients under the state medical marijuana law. You could grow your own.

Ten other States and the District of Columbia Smoking or eating of Cannabis for recreational use have been legalized since 2012, when voters in Colorado and Washington state ballot initiatives approved. Vermont and Michigan in the last year of the last States to legalize marijuana were. Vermont has so by the legislature, for the first time, it was not done through a ballot initiative, but not the creation of a country-wide market place as Illinois.

Other initiatives have failed. Promising applications in New York and New Jersey in the Sands late spring run. Despite a country-wide listening tour on the issue of Pennsylvania’s Deputy Governor, last winter, the idea, never retreated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular