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New Illinois Governor Promises Legalization

Gov. J.B. Pritzker will work with the Illinois legislature to make good on campaign promises to legalize.

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Newly-minted Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said in his inaugural address that he will work with the state legislature to legalize cannabis in Illinois, according to a Marijuana Moment report.

Gov. Pritzker, a Democrat, made cannabis legalization one of the big issues of his campaign. He even held a press conference in front of a cannabis dispensary while campaigning.

“In the interests of keeping the public safe from harm, expanding true justice in our criminal justice system, and advancing economic inclusion, I will work with the legislature to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of recreational cannabis in Illinois.” — Gov. J.B. Pritzker, in his inaugural address

According to earlier statements, Pritzker intends to move forward on legalization immediately. Legalization in Illinois is expected to create 24,000 jobs and generate more than $500 million in tax revenue.

Illinois has also been  working to advance an expungement bill: in December, it received new support from a prominent legislator. Now, with Pritzker in office, it may have additional momentum.

Legislation regarding statewide legalization has yet to take shape, though a placeholder bill has already been filed by a Democratic state senator.

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