It’s official. A new milestone in cannabis history was made today as Governor Pritzker just signed the cannabis legalization bill which hit his desk back in May. Adult-use (recreational) cannabis possession and sales will commence January 1, 2020.

It is reported that adult-use recreational cannabis sales, on an annual basis, could likely net the state of Illinois $500 million.

Under the new recreational cannabis bill, adults who reside in Illinois and are over the age of 21 can be in possession of up to one ounce of cannabis. Tourists who visit the state, and are also over the age of 21, can be in possession of up to half of one ounce or 15 grams of cannabis. The bill will also clear the past convictions of possession related cannabis offenses for those who were in possession of less than 30 grams.

Governor J.B. Pritzker stated: “The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation. This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance.” He later tweeted, “In the interest of equity and criminal justice reform, I look forward to signing this monumental legislation.”

Dan Linn, Executive Director of Illinois NORML, stated: We are confident that this is the best bill we could get through the legislature at this time, but are adamant that Illinois must enact additional protections in the future, in particular the right of adults to home grow personal use amounts of cannabis. Today’s outcome is the result of years of volunteers educating the public and lobbying lawmakers in Illinois. This process has not been easy, but it does reflect what dedicated citizens can accomplish if they engage in the political process.”

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