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High Time for Illinois to Legalize Pot? Some Lawmakers Believe So

Four state lawmakers say it's time to talk about legalizing recreational marijuana. What do you think?

At the start of 2014, Illinois became the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, but four Chicago-area Democrats want to go further than that. They want Illinois to follow the examples of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational marijuana for adults.

Currently Alaska is the only state that might have the legalization of marijuana voted on in 2014. If the legalization of recreational marijuana comes up for a vote in Illinois, it wouldn't be until at least 2016. If that happens, Illinois would still be one of the first states to even have a vote on the measure.

READ MORE ABOUT THE POSSIBLE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN ILLINOIS HERE

As a refresher, medical marijuana became legalized in Illinois at the start of 2014. That's one of 14 important laws for 2014 in Illinois. In case you missed that at the start of the year, we've got the list for you once again.

READ ABOUT THOSE 14 LAWS HERE

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kunk May 10, 2014 at 07:16 AM
yes, but don't make it so hard to get started. and don't go crazy taxing it either. With the tax money start fixing our problems one at a time. Like the pension problem, or school problems, and so on. And people don't go crazy either. Like making oils out of it or anything like that. Be mature about it. In this society it's perfectly acceptable for some people to drink and other it's the same to smoke. Only difference is people.
sklogw May 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM
I agree with it! While they are at it they can legalize caffeine, booze, tobacco, sugar, salt, abortions, guns and gambling!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO
Jon Hall May 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Best to leave this alone. Illinois lawmakers screw up everything they mess with. I'd prefer driving to Colorado or a street corner in Rosemont over any distribution system legislators in this state are apt to fashion.
local guy May 12, 2014 at 08:08 AM
I don't use, but think this should be legalized. But it's funny how Illinois politicians are so eager to tackle the issues of marijuana and gay marriage legalization, "both issues I support", yet they won't touch the trivial little matter of the state going broke! This is more "smoke screen", pardon my pun from the state legislature.

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