Illinois legislature moves forward on marijuana, budget

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FILE – This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag: whether to allow […]

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legalized marijuana use is on the move in the Illinois General Assembly with two days remaining in its spring session.

measure to legalize pot could appear in the House Thursday. It won Senate approval Wednesday night 38-17.

But lawmakers must also decide on an annual budget, a multibillion-dollar construction program, sports bettingabortion protections and more. They are scheduled to adjourn their spring session Friday.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a $39 billion budget in February. It counted on several new sources of revenue such as from nascent marijuana and sports betting industries.

Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans says tweaks to her marijuana bill mean it will produce less revenue. But Steans says lawmakers are crafting a budget that doesn’t rely on those uncertain finances. She would not elaborate.

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