Jurisdiction: Illinois

Breaking News: Illinois to Become the 11th State to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana

It’s all over but the shouting. The Illinois House today passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, two days after the same billed passed through the Illinois Senate. Governor Pritzker is expected to sign the bill shortly, making Illinois the 11th state to approve marijuana for adult use, and the first to create an adult-use marijuana market via legislation. Marijuana will be legal for adult recreational use on January 1, 2020.

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High Wire Act: States Struggle to Balance Expertise and Social Equity in Marijuana Markets

Utah issued a proposed rule (R68-27) for its recently approved medical marijuana program that calls for the issuance of ten cultivation licenses with fees of $10,000 per application and $100,000 per license (the rule does not address the sale of medical marijuana). A recent Salt Lake Tribune article addressed the steep cost (which does not include all the other start-up costs, including legal fees) and at least implicitly raised the question that is vexing states from coast-to-coast—how high should the barriers to entry be?

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Illinois introduces bill for legalized adult-use recreational marijuana, but will it pass?

After months of speculation, Governor J.B. Pritzker and allies in the General Assembly introduced a bill over the weekend to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana. The bill, if passed, would represent the first time a state has created a recreational marijuana marketplace through legislation rather than ballot initiative.

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