SPRINGFIELD—Legislation that would legalize recreational cannabis, including those products without limits on THC levels, passed today in the House of Representatives. The legislation, House Bill 1438, allows for the recreational use of cannabis by individuals over the age of 21. In addition, Illinois citizens can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis and out of state individuals may possess up to 15 grams, and medical cannabis patients can grow up to 5 plants in their residence. The legislation would also expunge arrest records for possession of cannabis up to 30 grams and for convictions for possession of up to 30 grams, the Governor will pardon those individuals.
State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) did not vote in favor of the legislation and released the following statement:
“As a lawmaker and as a father, I have grave concerns about the message this sends our children. Beyond the health concerns I have, there are also issues with public safety and workforce safety. Our law enforcement agencies do not support this. They are not ready for this and don’t have the capabilities to enforce this. This bill undermines our efforts to make our state safer and will put a greater burden on our social service agencies. As we’ve heard from residents of other states, Illinois is making a big mistake in failing to recognize the unintended consequences of legalization.”