Illinois Becomes 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

June 26, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Tuesday making Illinois the 11th state to approve recreational marijuana. The new law means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded. It also gives cannabis-vendor preference to minority owners and promises 25 percent of tax revenue from marijuana sales to redevelop impoverished communities. One of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, says, “Today, we’re hitting the ‘reset’ button on the war on drugs." Illinois joins 10 other U.S states and the District of Columbia who have legalized recreational pot since 2012.