Democrats Lay Out Plan to Legalize Pot

Democrats Lay Out Plan to Legalize Pot

SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic lawmakers with plans to promote legalizing recreational pot use in Illinois said Thursdaythey’re waiting for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to name a “point person” in his administration before they introduce their legislation.

State Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy laid out their proposal to end Illinois’ prohibition on pot in the coming months Thursday.

Under Steans’ and Cassidy’s proposal, Illinoisans over the age of 21 would be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana from licensed dispensaries.

Additionally, Illinois residents would be allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants at their home, something that is currently prohibited under the state’s medical cannabis law.

Revenue from legal pot sales would be used to “support law enforcement and pay for public education campaigns, substance abuse treatment and programs to reverse harms to communities adversely affected by the War on Drugs,” according to a slide projected during the presentation.