Local lawmakers speak out against Pot Bill

Local lawmakers speak out against Pot Bill

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A bill to legalize marijuana in Illinois is heading to the governor’s desk following a successful vote in the House of Representatives on Friday.

The legislation would allow individuals 21 and older to possess consume and purchase cannabis from licensed retailers. It also contains a number of social equity provisions, while at the same time giving existing medical cannabis businesses a leg up in the licensing process.

State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) was a no vote on the measure and she spoke against it during floor debate.

Under the proposal, people with prior possession convictions for 30 grams or less of cannabis would have their records expunged by the state attorney general after consideration by the Prisoner Review Board and a gubernatorial pardon, and those convicted of possession for greater than 30 grams but fewer than 500 grams could petition the courts for expungement.

State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) was also a no vote on the measure.

The House passed the bill in a 66 to 47 vote.

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