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Illinois marijuana legalization a piece of good news to Iowans too: Here’s why

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Illinois marijuana legalization a piece of good news to Iowans too: Here’s why

Iowans too can benefit from Illinois marijuana legalization bill once signed into law.

Illinois legalizes adult-use of cannabis

In a landmark decision last Friday 31 March, the Illinois House approved House Bill 1438 that legalizes adult-use of cannabis with a bipartisan vote of 66-47.

Illinois marijuana legalization a piece of good news to Iowans too: Here’s why

Under the bill, adults aged 21 and older can now buy and possess from authorized sellers in the state 30g of marijuana, 5g of cannabis concentrate or 500 mg of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.

The bill would likewise enable a licensed cultivation and dispensary system. Individuals convicted for low-level pot possession can also receive a Governor’s pardon.

The Senate passed the bill the previous night. Governor J.B. Pritzker was reported saying that he will sign the bill into law once it crossed his deck.

In a statement, Gov. Pritzker said that by legalizing adult-use cannabis, the state just made history.

He believes that the bill will have a ‘transformational impact’ on Illinois.

If signed into law, the bill would make Illinois the first state to create a commercial recreational marijuana industry not by voter initiative but through the legislature.

How Iowans will benefit from Illinois marijuana legalization bill

Illinois marijuana legalization a piece of good news to Iowans too: Here’s why

The Illinois marijuana legalization bill which will be effective starting 01 January 2020 is also expected to affect neighboring states like Iowa.

The bill will also allow Iowans to buy and possess half of the amount that residents of Illinois are entitled.

In an interview with KWQC, Pritzker Press Secretary Jordan Abudayyeh said that non-Illinois residents could buy and possess 15 grams of the cannabis plant in Illinois.

As per the terms of the bill, they will not be allowed to carry marijuana back across the state line. Anyone caught doing so will be held liable as per the legal terms of the state they are in.

Not everyone, however, is happy with the legalization of recreational marijuana, including law enforcers of both Illinois and Iowa.

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