On Friday, May 31, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, beating New Jersey and New York to the punch. This new development makes Wisconsin the only state where cannabis is strictly banned, sandwiched between Michigan and Illinois where it is legal and Minnesota where it is decriminalized.
What does come as a surprise, however, is the way the bill passed. Illinois is the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana through legislation; the previous 10 states legalized it through voter initiatives. Just hours before the end of the legislative session, the “Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” was approved by the state House of Representatives by a 66-47 vote. It creates a legal, taxed and regulated cannabis sales system.
Under the new law, adults 21 and older will be able to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis (less for non-residents) or five grams of cannabis concentrate. Additionally, medical marijuana patients will be able to grow up to five cannabis plants at home legally, and businesses and “home growers” will be able to apply for growing licenses.
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