SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Jan. 22, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate would set the stage to legalize recreational marijuana during the 2018 mid-term elections in November.
Sen. William Cunningham (D-Chicago) introduced Senate Bill 2275 (SB2275) on Jan. 10. The legislation would authorize a ballot referendum for the 2018 elections to give the voters an opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana. The question posed to voters reads as follows:
“Do you support the legalization of possession and use of marijuana by persons who are at least 21 years of age, subject to regulation and taxation that is similar to the regulation and taxation of tobacco and alcohol?”
Because SB2275 is not a traditional bill signed into law by the governor and would instead initiate a ballot referendum, it must pass with a three-fifths majority vote in the House and the Senate.
Passage of SB2275 would take another step toward ending marijuana prohibition in the Prairie State. Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as SB2275 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.
Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the feds maintain complete prohibition …
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