Illinois Democrats To Introduce Recreational Cannabis Legislation In January

Democrats are getting to work despite opposition

With the recent election of a pro-cannabis governor in Illinois, Democrats are starting to work on marijuana reform in the Prairie State.

Senator Heather Steans and Representative Kelly Cassidy, two Chicago Democrats, are preparing to introduce a new cannabis legalization bill in 2019’s first legislative session. The duo had previously presented a bill last March that didn’t get much momentum in either the House or Senate, but they’re hopeful things will be different next year.

“It is a more encouraging landscape, for sure,” Steans told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Particularly since Governor Rauner had been pretty outspoken in opposing [legalization]. It definitely has shifted the environment and we think that it gives us a lot more momentum to get it passed in the General Assembly in short order.”


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