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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to Sign Bill Legalizing Cannabis With a Focus on Fairness and Justice

Statement below from Steve Hawkins of the Marijuana Policy Project

 

Chicago, Ill. - June 25, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) On Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker will sign the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA) into law, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis. Illinois will become the second state to legalize cannabis possession via the legislative process and the first to legalize retail sales legislatively.

The Marijuana Policy Project worked closely with legislators and the governor's office to craft and pass the CRTA, which contains the most far-reaching social equity provisions ever included in a legalization law. It includes reinvestment in communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition, broad expungement provisions, and measures to ensure the industry includes communities that have been targeted by cannabis enforcement. A summary of the CRTA is available at https://bit.ly/2W2s86y, and a more detailed look at the social equity and criminal justice reforms included in the legislation is available at https://bit.ly/2Ws2355.

Statement from Steve Hawkins, executive director for the Marijuana Policy Project:

"We applaud the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pritzker on this resounding victory for personal liberty, racial justice, and common sense. MPP was honored to work hand-in-hand with elected leaders to craft a law ending cannabis prohibition, in a way that begins to remedy the devastation of communities targeted by the war on drugs. Illinois' focus on fairness and equity in legalization should be a model for other states."

MPP has lobbied to reform cannabis policies in the Illinois state Legislature since 2004, previously leading the advocacy campaigns behind Illinois' successful medical cannabis (2013) and decriminalization efforts (2016). MPP will continue working with allies to ensure smooth implementation of Illinois' legalization law.

The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation's largest cannabis policy organization. It has been a leading advocate for federal cannabis policy reform since its founding in 1995, and it has played a leading role in most major state-level reforms that have occurred over the past two decades. For more information, visit https://www.mpp.org.


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