Illinois is taking its first steps towards marijuana legalization

Last month, I posted about a bill pending in the state legislature that would lessen the penalties for marijuana possession, including making possession of 10 grams or less a fine only violation.

Today, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that “Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said he will introduce a resolution at the May 21 County Board meeting asking the General Assembly to put together…a task force to pursue legalizing and regulating the drug in Illinois.”

The article goes to state:

Fritchey and Mitchell were joined by Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, and North Side Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy at a news conference calling for the task force, which would be charged with studying the issue and ultimately introducing legislation to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana.

The state should “make sure that we focus on who truly needs to be in our jails and prisons, and get the people that make mistakes or have a substance abuse problem into the right kind of environment,” Zalewski said.

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