Bill that Would Legalize Marijuana will not be Voted on this Session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Legislation that would have legalized marijuana in Illinois will not be called for a vote this Session.
Lawmakers discussed two bills that would have legalized weed.
Chicago State Senator, Heather Steans, said the bills are really a start of a process.
Instead, they'll continue hearing from residents and exploring its potential impacts.
"You know, two years ago I was not somebody who felt like this was necessarily the right thing to be doing. In Illinois, as I have been looking, and understanding, and learning, from medical marijuana experience here and when we had done the Decrim bill last year, I have become convinced that trying to do a tax and regulate structure really makes a lot of sense. Prohibition right now, I think just does not work." Senator Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said.
The committee will hold more hearings this Session and in the future to hear feedback from people.