The results of an election in Cook County yesterday show that Illinois voters support marijuana legalization. The ballot asked the electorate to decide if recreational cannabis should be legalized in the state. Tallies released this morning, with 98 percent of ballots counted, indicate that voters overwhelmingly said “yes” by a two-thirds margin.
County commissioners voted unanimously to put the question on the ballot in December of last year.
Cook County is the most populous one in Illinois and home to the city of Chicago. More people live in Cook County than in 27 states in the union.
The ballot question specifically mentioned the supply chain necessary to support a legal pot market. The text of the ballot proposition is as follows:
“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”
Despite the positive vote, recreational pot isn’t legal in Illinois just yet. The measure voters passed is a non-binding resolution used to gauge