Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into regulation a invoice that can legalize marijuana in Illinois subsequent 12 months, marking a momentous shift in how the state treats drug use. 

The invoice will enable the licensed development, gross sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

The signing ceremony, attended by a number of lawmakers, officeholders and marijuana supporters, befell on the Sankofa Cultural Arts & Enterprise Middle in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. 

Pritzker known as the laws a “sea change” for Illinois, saying that the conflict on medication has destroyed households and disproportionately affected minorities.

“Illinoisans have had sufficient,” he mentioned. “… The time for change has lengthy since handed.”

“This legalization of grownup use cannabis brings an necessary and overdue change to our state, and it’s the suitable factor to do.”

Illinois turns into the 11th state to legalize leisure cannabis. Pritzker famous that Illinois is the primary state to completely legalize industrial gross sales via the legislature, moderately than via referendum.

He emphasised that the regulation gives for automated expungement of arrests for marijuana possession below 30 grams, and that he’ll pardon these with convictions for possession as much as 30 grams.

People and prosecutors might go to court docket to hunt expungement of circumstances involving as much as 500 grams. [Read More @ The Chicago Tribune]