Brenden Moore @brendenmoore13
Legislation that would place an advisory question on the November ballot asking Illinois voters whether the state should legalize the recreational use of marijuana cleared a hurdle Wednesday.
Senate Bill 2275, sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, passed out of committee on an 11-4 party line vote, likely bringing the measure up for a full Senate vote soon.
As currently written, it would ask Illinois voters, “Do you support the legalization of possession and use of marijuana by persons who are at least 21 years of age, subject to regulation and taxation that is similar to the regulation and taxation of tobacco and alcohol?”
The measure is part of a larger effort to explore whether Illinois should liberalize marijuana laws, and it is perhaps the legislation that most clearly aims to tap into the swift change in public opinion on the topic.
“I believe that it’s appropriate while we have a debate going on in (the Capitol) right now and as hearings go on throughout the state that we put the public input into the debate as has been done