Illinois Senate Approves Recreational Marijuana, But Not Homegrown

May 29, 2019

Restrictions on home cultivation have helped marijuana legalization win Illinois Senate approval.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 38-17 Wednesday to allow recreational use of marijuana like 10 other states. The Illinois proposal allows those 21 and older to have up to one ounce.

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Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans originally proposed allowing anyone to keep five plants in their homes. Steans' final version allows only the 65,000 Illinois patients qualified for the medical-cannabis law to grow their own.

So-called home grow rules have proved troublesome in other states. States with legalized recreational use have different home grow rules.

Opponents say home grow encourages black-market sales. Proponents argue that if businesses can sell it, they should be able to grow it.

The Illinois measure heads to the House for consideration.