Illinois governor's office is working to get Gov. JB Pritzker's signature on a bill that would make Illinois the first US state to legalize and regulate adult recreational cannabis by law.
The Cannabis Ordinance and the Tax Law, Illinois House Bill 1438, were endorsed by both the State House and the Senate on May 31, and will enter into force on January 1, 2020, when the Governor has signed it. The governor's office is now working on a schedule for this, a spokesman for the office said in an email to Business Insurance .
Illinois would be the first US state legislature to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult recreational use as opposed to voter initiatives used in states, including Colorado, Washington State and California.
"The Illinois legislature becomes the first to legalize cannabis through state legislators is a stunt in the struggle to end the catastrophic 80-year marijuana ban attempt," Kris Krane, founder and president of 4Front, a national cannabis company, told Business Insurance in an email.
In addition to legalizing and regulating the production, consumption and sale of cannabis, the bill would also extend the current medical cannabis licensing system, including automatic cannabis crime expulsion and increase the ability of medical patients to provide cannabis at home, as reported by the marijuana policy project.
The action in Illinois "will set the stage for other state legislators around the country to follow," Krane says.