Marijuana Legalization To Be Signed by Pritzker, After Passing in the State

A plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois will also allow those who have low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged.  Governor JB Pritzker announced that he will sign the proposal, which passed both the Illinois House and Senate, making Illinois the 11th state in the country to permit recreational marijuana use.  Reports indicate that as many as 770,000 records on file could be expunged, as per this agreement.  People who were convicted for possession of under 30 grams of marijuana would quality for the expungement.  Those who were convicted for possession of between 30 to 500 grams of marijuana could also seek petitions.  Once it is signed, the law would go into effect next year.  Under the law, there would be a remodeling in the marijuana program, allowing citizens to possess up to one ounce, or 30 grams of marijuana.  The measure would allow the state to have 55 medical marijuana dispensaries submit applications, in order to set up 2 or more dispensaries to sell the drug.  If approved, sales could start on January 1st, 2020.