Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize marijuana in the United States Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021

There are now 11 states in the United States of America where marijuana is legal. 

Illinois on Tuesday joined other states in legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults.

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Newspaper described it as a major victory for cannabis advocates who incorporated “social justice” initiatives into the measure.

“This is a major milestone for the movement to end marijuana prohibition in the United States. It is the clearest sign yet that lawmakers are catching up with the people on this issue,” the newspaper quoted Mason Tvert, who helped create Colorado’s first-in-the-nation cannabis system in 2014 as saying. 

“A strong and steadily growing majority of Americans support legalization, and observers have wondered when it would start translating into major victories in state legislatures. Illinois just answered that question.”

USA TODAY reported that “Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, but since 2014, federal prosecutors have generally ignored marijuana sales in 10 states that  legalized personal use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Nevada, Vermont and Washington, along with the District of Columbia”.

The newspaper added: “In all of those states but Vermont, voters approved legalization. Vermont’s legislatively approved measure permits only personal growing and use, not sales.

“The Illinois law lets resident adults buy and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis “flower,” along with marijuana-infused foods known as edibles and small amounts of highly concentrated extracts. Nonresidents could buy half the amount.

“In all of those states but Vermont, voters approved legalization. Vermont’s legislatively approved measure permits only personal growing and use, not sales.
The Illinois law lets resident adults buy and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis “flower,” along with marijuana-infused foods known as edibles and small amounts of highly concentrated extracts. Nonresidents could buy half the amount”

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