Illinois Governor-Elect Wants To “Legalize Right Away”

He can legalize it simply by signing legislation passed by lawmakers in the general assembly


Governor-elect JB Pritzker said Wednesday he wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois almost immediately after being sworn in next year. “That’s something we can work on nearly right away,” Pritzker told FOX 32’s Mike Flannery. He also said he will look at vacating arrest records for those who have been convicted of crimes involving marijuana. “I definitely want to look at all those arrest records. If we’re going to legalize recreational marijuana, then we shouldn’t have all the, what I think are, challenges in our criminal justice system, you know, still existing, people sitting in prison for things that are currently legal,” Pritzker said.

The governor-elect can legalize recreational marijuana simply by signing legislation passed by lawmakers in the general assembly. Illinois residents do not have to vote to approve the measure. Pritzker, a billionaire who campaigned on making wealthy taxpayers pay more in income taxes as part of a plan to move Illinois past the political bitterness of the past four years, was elected governor Tuesday over Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.


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