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Illinois May Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

Gov. Jay Pritzker made the announcement on Saturday.
Posted at 3:23 PM, May 04, 2019

Illinois could be the next state to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and some state lawmakers announced a bill Saturday morning that would let adults over the age of 21 purchase pot from licensed dispensaries. The bill is set to be introduced to the state legislature on Monday. 

Illinois approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes in 2013.

In addition to legalizing recreational marijuana, Pritzker said the bill would also start the process of removing minor drug charges from people's legal records.

If the bill passes state legislature, it will go into effect on January 1, 2020.