Illinois Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

A provision allowing Illinoisans to grow up to 24 plants at home is raising eyebrows

Tom Franklin
February 08, 2019 - 12:13 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — The debate over the legalization of recreational marijuana has officially begun in the state of Illinois.

Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) introduced a bill (HB0902) in late January to allow licensed businesses to grow and sell pot, while also allowing residents to grow up to 24 plants at home.

The Chicago Tribune reports the bill may never see a vote because bills introduced by a single lawmaker without prolonged negotiations often don't make it to the floor. In the case of medical marijuana, that took years of debate, along with a lot of time and effort from Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

Ammon's bill would require 10-percent of net income to go to the local governing body where marijuana business is taking place. It also would create a 10-percent excise tax to the state, along with special provisions for minority business owners and communities.

Another bill proposed by two other lawmakers, Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), is in the works to be introduced in April. One major difference in the Steans/Cassidy bill is that it would limit home growers to just five plants per house.

Related: Advocacy Groups Urging Illinois Lawmakers to Not Pass Recreational Marijuana