* WSIL TV report entitled “How soon could recreational marijuana be legal in Illinois?”…
“If [the gubernatorial candidate who wins] is in favor of the idea and would be less likely to veto it, then it’s got a much better chance in the Spring of 2019,” said political expert Jak Tichenor with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
Tichenor said polls show 2/3 of Illinois voters, or 66 percent, are in favor of making it legal if it’s taxed and sold like alcohol. Democratic candidate for governor, J.B Pritzker, feels the same. […]
Estimates show legalization could make Illinois between $350 million to $700 million a year. Tichenor said there’s no dismissing the fact that Illinois is in desperate need of money, but despite that, many lawmakers aren’t yet on board.
“This is still a very difficult sell for downstate lawmakers who tend to be much more conservative,” said Tichenor. […]
“You’re going to see this issue really come to the forefront over the next few months and over the next year,” said Tichenor.
* The Question: How soon could recreational marijuana be legal in Illinois? Make sure to explain your answer, please. Thanks.