Illinois Becomes 11th State to Legalize Weed

Illinois is set to become the 11th U.S. state to legalize cannabis.

The legislation was approved by the Democratic-majority House on a 66-47 vote on May 31, 2019. The proposed law would legalize the purchase and possession of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

The state’s Senate has already approved the measure, and Governor J.B. Pritzker says he’ll sign the bill into law.

“In the interest of equality and criminal justice reform, I look forward to signing this monumental legislation,” he tweeted.

Illinois would also be the first state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis sales legislatively, versus via a voter-led ballot initiative. The proposal would expunge the records of anyone convicted for 30 grams of less of cannabis. convicted of possession of more than 30g but fewer than 500g could petition the courts for expungement of their records. It would also introduce taxes, grants, and loans to start weed businesses, plus financial assistance to communities impacted by prohibition of cannabis.

The bill would allow medical patients to grow up to five plants at home, and decriminalize home grow of up to five plants for non-patients.
In addition to Illinois’ 6.25% sales tax, cannabis sales would be taxed an extra 10-25%, depending on the product’s THC percentage. Weed-infused products such as edibles would be subject to a 20% tax.