Illinois voters may get a say on the legalization of recreational marijuana if all things pan out.
Voters in Illinois may get the opportunity to voice their opinion on the legalization marijuana on the November ballots. On Wednesday the state committee Senate developed the idea to progress the state.
The voting does not ensure that recreational marijuana will be legalized, however, it gives lawmakers that are viewing the legalization in a positive light a boost politically. Bill Cunningham, the State Senator, believes that have a vote on the issue allows the people of Illinois to be a part of the debate and a chance to voice their opinions, instead of lawmakers being the only ones to discuss the matter.
Depending the on the outcome of the legalization matter, the question on age regulation will then bring another vote from the people of Illinois, if recreational marijuana should have the same age regulations as tobacco and alcohol, 21 and over.
State Senator, Jim Oberweis from Sugar Grove, who declined to vote as he was not fully sold on the matter, believes that having the people vote on legalization has its positives but putting the age limit to them is something different.
Republican, state Senator, Chris Nybo presented the issues of property tax reductions, redistricting reform and term limits for party leaders as issues that should take precedence over the legalization of marijuana. He stated that of all the issues as a state we are facing, Illinois has the opportunity to present to our citizens in terms of an advisory referendum, legalizing recreational marijuana was not a priority.
“I would frankly put this one very low down the list”
On Wednesday, the vote comes as two authorization bills remain in a transitional state in both the House and Senate. Many marijuana activists and supporters believe that the legalization of recreational marijuana would increase the state income substantially, decrease jail inhabitants, and allow lawmakers to focus on different matters
Despite these positive viewpoints, Governor Bruce Rauner does not agree, he stated that legalizing recreational marijuana would be a major error and the police have agreed with him.
Official Executive of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Ed Wojcicki, believes recreational marijuana may increase accidents and teenage use, he queries how that could be good for the state.
“we wonder how that is possibly good for Illinois.”