Illinois is making a push to join 10 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational marijuana for 21-and-older adults. This past weekend, Illinois lawmakers agreed upon legislation for its rapidly changing marijuana landscape.

The following is a re-post of an Associated Press article via the Washington Post

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said Saturday that he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year.

The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could possess up to about an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana, while nonresidents could possess about half an ounce (15 grams).

The measure also would automatically expunge some marijuana convictions.

If it passes, Illinois would join 10 other states, including neighboring Michigan, in legalizing recreational marijuana. While the Illinois law would take effect Jan. 1, the first licenses for Illinois growers, processors and dispensaries wouldn’t be issued until May and July 2020, the governor’s office said.

Pritzker was joined by fellow Democratic lawmakers in Chicago to announce the deal, which comes after years of discussion among state legislators.

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