Illinois is the last state of the USA. UU. In legalizing the recreational pot
WASHINGTON: Illinois The new year began on a high note on Wednesday, becoming the last state of the USA. UU. in legalizing recreational activities, as the governor forgave thousands of people for low-level sentences in the past.
It will allow residents over 21 years of age to legally purchase marijuana and eliminate criminal convictions of thousands of people across the state.
We are restoring rights to many tens of thousands of Illinois ans. We are bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market. And we are creating a new industry that puts equity at its very core, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement.
On Tuesday night, Pritzker awarded 11,017 pardons to people with low-level cannabis convictions, the first round of a planned total of more than 700,000.
According to the statement, the new law will use 25 percent of state cannabis revenues to help communities most affected by previous repression against marijuana.
Today we took another step towards justice, as we continue to address the failed war on drugs and the disproportionate impact it had on communities of color, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx said in the statement.
Illinois residents age 21 and older will now be allowed to legally possess 30 grams of cannabis, five grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC - the main active ingredient of cannabis - contained in a cannabis-infused product.
Non-residents can carry 15 grams of cannabis under the bill, which will also create a licensed culture and dispensary system.
Illinois is the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, along with Washington, DC. Thirty-four states and the federal capital permit medical cannabis treatment.
But the United States drug control administration still believes that marijuana is a dangerous substance along with LSD and.
A study by the federal centers for disease control published in August found that states that legalize recreational marijuana see a reduction of at least 20 percent in deaths related to opioid overdoses.
It has also been shown that the legalization of marijuana improves the economic activity of a state, creates jobs and generates new tax revenues.