Illinois lawmakers ponder proposal to legalize marijuana

Illinois lawmakers ponder proposal to legalize marijuana

Despite a partisan split in support for legalization, Americans from all political backgrounds overwhelmingly opposed the federal government taking action in states that have passed laws allowing for the sale and use of marijuana. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, said.

The House fell a few votes shy of passing McClintock's recreational marijuana provision in 2015, but Polis expects more lawmakers to support the amendment this time around.

Since the state began selling recreational marijuana January 1, 2014 - combined with medical marijuana sales - Colorado has collected more than $400 million in taxes, a large chunk of which has gone towards schools.

While recreational marijuana can be consumed, possessed and cultivated in their homes by adults 21 and over in the Bay State, events like shuttle tours to dispensaries or other pot-friendly places might be a long time coming. The bill would also impose a $50-per-ounce tax on marijuana at the wholesale level while consumers would be subject to the state's 6.25 percent sales tax. If you've lost the battle to convince Americans that pot poses a special threat that booze doesn't, you've lost the battle, period.

The program is without challenges.

"We need to do a better job of making it more hard, at least as hard as it is to access alcohol as it can be", he said.

Brohl said Colorado doesn't have any liability.

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And contradicting studies on marijuana's health effects put into question how accessible the substance should be. "That's the reason we've done a number of things, including education".

"More states are moving in this direction", he added, "and it's a much more pressing issue for those of us who come from states that have legalized marijuana".

The legislation prevents the government from using federal funds to pursue people who are following their state's cannabis laws.

"There is a difference between facilitation and regulation", Brohl said.

"There's very little enthusiasm to have another government shutdown or face off", Blumenauer said.

Fox says there are no hard numbers about the percentage of New Jerseyans who have tried marijuana. If they're forced to choose between defending Trump on the one hand, though, and siding with his pro-pot critics on the other, it wouldn't surprise me if they shift a bit against legalization.

Before the bill was tabled, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police urged the Liberal government to exclude personal cultivation from its plans to legalize marijuana, saying it's impossible to ensure such marijuana isn't being cultivated for the black market.

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