Gov. Pritzker signs recreational marijuana bill

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CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed the recreational marijuana bill into law, making Illinois the eleventh state to legalize it.

The governor signed the bill in Chicago. The bill, HB1438, allows anyone 21 and over  to buy marijuana at licensed dispensaries beginning next year. Residents could possess up to one ounce, or 30 grams, and non-residents could have 15 grams.

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The legislation will also wipe clean previous small-time marijuana convictions.

The Illinois House and Senate voted on passing HB1438 at the end of May.

Locally, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) voted in favor of the bill. Meanwhile, Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria), Rep. Mike Unes (R-Peoria), Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) and Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton) voted against it. 

Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) co-sponsored the bill, and attending the Tuesday morning signing.

The bill will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. 

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