Cook County, Illinois voters approve recreational marijuana measure

Brendan Kennedy Tilray chief

Brendan Kennedy Tilray chief

Approximately 68 percent of Cook County voters on Tuesday approved when asked if IL should legalize "the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older".

Over two-thirds of voters in the county, which includes Chicago, agreed to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the nonbinding referendum, according to the Chicago Tribune.

With 97.8 percent of precincts reporting, 68 percent approved of the county legalizing recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older.

JB Priztker, the Democratic candidate for governor, supports legal weed.

A bill that would legalize marijuana and allow recreation sales failed to pass a state legal committee.

Rauner opposes legalizing pot, saying doing so would be a mistake.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said funds from taxing marijuana would help the local government fund social safety net programs, including rehabilitation for chronic drug users. Throughout the primary process, Pritzker has time and again expressed his support for comprehensive cannabis legalization, promising to legalize the plant for recreational use if he is elected. "No more studies are needed to show it's time for IL to safely move forward and legalize marijuana".

In 2013, marijuana use for medicinal purposes was legalized in IL.

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