Here’s when marijuana will be legal in Illinois, and answers to other burning questions about recreational weed – Chicago Tribune

Marking a historic moment in an expanding national movement, Illinois lawmakers Friday approved recreational marijuana legalization.

After a contentious debate in Springfield — during which one lawmaker even cracked eggs into a frying pan to depict the “brain on drugs” — the House of Representatives voted 66-47 to allow possession and sales beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The Senate had approved the measure earlier in the week.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to sign the bill into law, which would make Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis and the first state in which a legislature approved commercial sales. Vermont lawmakers legalized possession, but not yet commercial sales. Approval in other states came via referendum.

Opponents warned of more addiction, mental impairment, and drugged-driving deaths, while proponents spoke of a need to end a failed war on drugs, which has disproportionately hurt minorities.


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