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Bill that Would Legalize Marijuana will not be Voted on this Session

The committee will hold more hearings this Session and in the future to hear feedback from people. (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.

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