Lawmakers Continue Talks About Recreational Marijuana Bill
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are a few weeks away from harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Two Illinois state lawmakers introduced legislation last week that would allow people 21 and older to possess, grow or buy up to an ounce of recreational marijuana and license businesses to sell marijuana products subject to regulation. They say it would help fill Illinois' multibillion-dollar budget hole with $350 to $700 million in new tax revenue. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
Talks continue in Springfield about a bill that would legalize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana in Illinois. State Senator Jason Barickman suggested yesterday that Governor Pritzker issue a mass pardon on all low-level marijuana convictions to relieve legal concerns associated with the measure. The governor is open to discussing changes to the bill before the legislation is voted on by the state Senate and House.