Republican Senator Breaks With Pritzker Over Expungement In Cannabis Deal
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)
A central Illinois Republican lawmaker is breaking with Governor Pritzker, saying a portion of the cannabis legalization plan could be a dealbreaker. State Senator Jason Barickman says the component of the proposal that would expunge the record of minor offenses related to marijuana is unacceptable. The latest proposal would forgive the criminal records of anyone who was convicted for possession of up to 500 grams of marijuana.