Pritzker looking into legalizing recreational cannabis in Illinois

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J.B. Pritzker sat down with 25 News to talk about some of the issues he plans on tackling when he’s sworn into office next year.

Governor-elect Pritzker said he wants to help seniors struggling to afford their homes, as well as millennials fighting student debt.

One of the hot-button issues he campaigned on across the state was legalizing marijuana. Currently, Illinois has only legalized medical marijuana via a pilot program that will run until 2020.

Pritzker says he’s looked at other states who have legalized it to see how their programs work and if they can be recreated here in Illinois.

“It’s been done in many other states now and we can look at the regulatory that has been put into those states…and make judgment calls on which ones have worked best,” said Pritzker.  “We want to be careful about it too, because it’s all about safety for the public and make sure we have the right system in place to protect people.”

Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational cannabis on Tuesday.



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