State Lawmakers Weighing Recreational Marijuana Plan

Jan 1, 2019

Proposed plans for legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois shifted from "when" to "how."

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is on board. So are state Sen. Heather Stains and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy. Their plan would allow Illinois residents to purchase and possess 30 grams of cannabis for recreational use. Non-residents would be allowed to have half this amount.

Advocates say the state medical marijuana program is highly regarded, and its tight regulations bode well for the recreational program. However, law enforcement organizations remain opposed. They say the plan could allow unregulated home cultivation and make it more difficult for police to recognize marijuana impairment in drivers.