Preliminary recreational cannabis plan would expand classes of licenses

A plan to legalize cannabis for adult use in Illinois is starting to come together in Springfield even as some lawmakers push for a slower, more cautious approach to legalize.

State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, has Senate Bill 7. She said with 800,000 monthly marijuana users, and only 35,000 card holders for the state’s medical program, it’s clear prohibition doesn’t work and it’s time to try a taxed and regulated industry.

The bill she filed doesn’t have anything substantive, but passed out of committee Wednesday with a promise that it be brought back with an amendment with updated proposals – an effort meant to beat a looming deadline for bills to get out of committee.

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