Illinois marijuana legalization bill signed into law Tuesday, takes effect January 1, 2020 – WLS

CHICAGO (WLS) — Governor JB Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA) into law Tuesday, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

That means anyone 21 and over will soon be able to purchase and possess marijuana.

Supporters say it will be a game-changer for revenue in the state, while opponents say it makes the state more dangerous.

Tuesday morning, the governor put pen to paper here in the Austin neighborhood, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and its commercial sale in the state.

“As the first state in the nation to fully legalize adult-use cannabis through the legislative process, Illinois exemplifies the best of democracy: a bipartisan and deep commitment to better the lives of all of our people,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Legalizing adult-use cannabis brings an important and overdue change to our state, and it’s the right thing to do. This legislation will clear

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