Cook County voters on Tuesday voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Illinois, according to unofficial results. Sixty-eight percent of voters were in favor of legalizing the drug, with 89 percent of precincts reporting, as of 9:37 p.m.
The issue of whether or not to legalize the drug for recreational use was one of the most significant referendum questions on Cook County voters’ ballots.
The question was non-binding, so the vote does not mean recreational marijuana use will automatically become legal. In the end, it is up to legislators to propose and pass a law.
The referendum’s results can, however, be used to gauge public opinion and determine whether or not to bring legislation forward in Springfield.
County commissioners voted unanimously last December to put the question on the primary ballot. The state Senate earlier this month passed a measure to put the question on ballots for statewide voters in November, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The full question on primary election ballots read as follows: “Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and