Time is running out on lawmakers to act on legalization in the prairie state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a legalized marijuana. It enters its final week with that work uncompleted.
It’s nothing new. Illinois lawmakers, whose scheduled adjournment is May 31, invariably push their heaviest work off to the closing hours. Once, faced with a midnight end-of-session deadline on a key vote, a Capitol wall clock was stopped so that the vote could be recorded before both hands hit “12.”
Legalizing adult use of marijuana was another Pritzker campaign pledge and he detailed a plan this month . But it’s been a slow go, with House members urging proponents to slow down, frustrating Democratic sponsors who have publicly worked on the issue for years, and pushback from law enforcement over a provision to allow people to cultivate small amounts of cannabis at home. A plan to limit home-grow to the 65,000 medical-marijuana program patients has yet to be filed.
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