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.
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.
BREAKING: Illinois House passes marijuana legalization bill 66 – 47. Gov. Pritzker has vowed to sign into law right away. https://t.co/EaPubIjfoI
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) May 31, 2019
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.
BIG NEWS: Illinois lawmakers just passed a marijuana legalization bill in #HB1438 that's the most progressive in the country, addressing past convictions and communities hurt by past enforcement of the laws. Gov. Pritzker has supported and will sign it. https://t.co/18TQ8nsrS1
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 31, 2019
How Iowans will benefit from Illinois marijuana legalization bill
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.
Illinois lawmakers have voted to legalize recreational marijuana, becoming the 11th state to decriminalize the drug. The legislation now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk. He has vowed to sign it. https://t.co/hEPW20x8XN
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 31, 2019
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.