Illinois Becomes the 11th U.S. State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana reached another landmark this afternoon, as Illinois has become the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in the United States of America.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the bill that permits residents to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time while non-residents are limited to 15 grams, while it’s been additionally noted that 800,000 people with criminal records for marijuana may have those records expunged.

Meanwhile, dispensaries will be allowed to start selling recreational marijuana on January 1st, 2020, while it’s been estimated that overall the taxation of marijuana could generate $800 million to $1 billion a year.

Thus far, ten other states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana since 2012, though Illinois is being credited as the first state to implement the nation’s first comprehensive cannabis marketplace that’s designed by legislators.

Source: FoxNews