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Could Illinois Be The Next State To Legalize Medical Marijuana ?



It appears that Cook County voters are in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Illinois. Tuesday’s referendum question asked if Illinois should legalize “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older.” By Wednesday morning, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, results showed 68 percent of the voters were in favor of the idea in the nation’s second most populated county.

The question on whether or not to legalize the drug for recreational use was non-binding, so the vote does not mean recreational marijuana use will automatically become legal in Chicago and Cook County’s more than 130 municipalities. In the end, it is up to legislators to propose and pass a law. The referendum’s results can, however, now be used to gauge public opinion and determine whether to bring legislation forward in Springfield.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and California. All but Vermont passed the laws in binding ballot questions between 2012 and 2016. Could Illinois be next ? Maybe it’ll help lower the crime rate in the notorious city of Chicago.

Source : NBC San Diego 


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