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A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois is en route to the highest office in the state.
As Illinois works to decriminalize minor offenses, the Restoring Justice Act would adjust sentences for past offenders.
The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program launched Jan. 31, giving more Illinoisans the option to treat pain with medical marijuana in place of opioids.
Two bills to legalize marijuana currently sit in Springfield.
A proposed amendment to Illinois’ Criminal Identification Act would allow people to petition to have their arrest and conviction records cleared of any cannabis-related offenses that Illinois ultimately takes off the books through marijuana legalization.
Illinoisans of all ages, political party affiliations and regions of the state favor legalizing marijuana and regulating and taxing it like alcohol, as provided in legislation proposed by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy on March 22.
Under state Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s proposal, Illinoisans age 21 and older could legally possess, manufacture and sell marijuana.
Limited criminal-justice resources need to be oriented first and foremost toward addressing crimes with victims, not personal conduct.