Illinois to Be 11th Legal Recreational Marijuana State
|Monday, June 3, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
Marijuana at a cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas
Source: Associated Press, "West Virginia Posts Online Medical Marijuana Survey," Oct. 19, 2017
Illinois lawmakers approved recreational marijuana bill HB 1438 on Friday, May 31, 2019. Governor J.B. Pritzker, JD, has indicated he will sign the bill, which will make Illinois the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana.
Additionally, the governor will pardon everyone convicted of possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana and the attorney general will expunge public records of the convictions and arrests. People who have been convicted of possessing 30 to 500 grams will be able to petition for their conviction to be expunged.
State Representative Anthony DeLuca referenced a 1980s anti-drug commercial by cracking an egg into a frying pan during the legislative debate and stating, "this is your brain on drugs." The lawmaker later stated, "This bill moves in the opposite direction of moves I'm trying to make as a parent, telling kids getting stoned is an acceptable recreational activity. I just have a real problem with that. No matter how you package this — whether it's revenue or criminal justice reform, or people are smoking it anyway, I can guarantee where we'll be in 10 or 20 years, and it's not going to be good."
Illinois legalized medical marijuana in 2013 and is one of 33 legal medical marijuana states.
|1. Should recreational marijuana be legal? Explain your position.
2. Should people who have been convicted of marijuana possession have their records expunged? Why or why not?
3. Should medical marijuana be legal? Why or why not?