Legal Weed Hit The Market in Illinois on New Year's Day
And people lined up around the block to get it.
Legal weed hit the market in Illinois on January 1— and people lined up around the block for it.
Under their new law, Illinois residents that are 21 and older can legally possess up to 30 grams of flower, five grams of concentrate, and 500 mg of infused products, such as edibles and tinctures.
Thousands lined up outside dispensaries around the state during its first day of legal cannabis sales on New Year’s Day —and Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D) was among them.
“For too long, IL residents, particularly those that are black & brown, have been targeted and criminalized for #cannabis possession” Stratton said on Twitter. “It’s not just a new year, it’s a new day. Thank you @GovPritzker, for ending prohibition and building a more equitable Illinois.”
The day before legal sales went into effect, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) also granted more than 11,000 pardons to people convicted of low-level cannabis-related crimes.
“We are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis,” he said. “We are restoring rights to many tens of thousands of Illinoisans. We are bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market. And we are creating a new industry that puts equity at it’s very core.