Friday, May 31, 2019 || By Capitol News Illinois Staff || @maywoodnews
SPRINGFIELD – Legalized recreational marijuana is on its way to the governor’s desk, and by all indications he will sign it.
In the first legislative action in the Illinois House on what is expected to be one of the most consequential days in the General Assembly’s history, Senate Bill 1438 passed on a 66-47 vote after more than three hours of debate.
Marijuana legalization was one of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s marquee campaign points. It joins a graduated income tax constitutional amendment as one of the major campaign promises that have passed both houses.
Once the governor signs the bill, the goal will be to have marijuana available to consumers by Jan. 1, 2020. Per the bill, Illinois residents could possess up to 30 grams, or roughly one ounce, of marijuana flower, five grams of THC concentrate and five grams of THC in a marijuana-infused product.
The bill authorizes the state to issue a limited number of licenses for cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries, and to charge excise taxes on the retail sale of marijuana products.
Medicinal marijuana patients would be allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants in their home.
The bill also allows for expungement through the governor’s clemency process if the case involves less than 30 grams of marijuana.
For cases involving amounts greater than that, up to 500 grams, individuals and state’s attorneys would be allowed to petition a court to vacate a conviction. VFP
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